A Georgia Department of Corrections spokesman said Ryan Brunn was found unresponsive in his cell at 4:15 p.m. Thursday. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital an hour later in an apparent suicide. The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the case.
Brunn was charged with the Dec. 2 killing of Jorelys Rivera at the apartment complex where she lived. He pleaded guilty to various charges, including murder and child molestation, and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Neighbors had harsh words to say after hearing news of his death.
“It's not justice to me. He got off easy. That poor little girl suffered," Devin Loop told Viteri.
Loop’s children played with Rivera at the same playground where she was last seen. He said Brunn should have suffered in prison.
"It was a coward's way out. He said he deserved whatever he got, but he wasn't willing to face it. Face it like a man," Loop said.
On Tuesday, Brunn appeared in a Cherokee County courtroom and made his confession. Brunn said after he molested the child, he slashed the girl's throat with a knife and beat her in the head with her own roller skate. He then wrapped the girl's body and dumped her in a trash compactor.