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Burgess gets 5 years in Jou case

May 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
John Steven Burgess, 36, pleaded guilty May 6 to involuntary manslaughter and concealing an accidental death. The convicted sex offender was charged with killing Donna Jou, a college student from Orange County. He was sentenced Monday. Burgess admitted that he provided 19-year-old Donna Jou with drugs that eventually killed her.

Burgess met Jou on Craigslist, and she came to a party at his Westside home in 2007. He said there was alcohol, marijuana, cocaine and heroin at the party, and admitted that after she died, he dumped her body into the ocean.

"I made a really bad decision, and I went down to my sailboat, and I just gave her to the sea," he said in court.

Police have not found Jou's body. Jou was an Orange County resident and honors student at San Diego State University.

Burgess failed to register as a convicted sex offender as required by law.

Jou's parents are trying to talk about the dangers of meeting people on the Internet.

As part of his plea agreement, Burgess had faced five years in state prison.

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