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Fairfax teen pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend in Reston area

A Fairfax County teenager admitted Monday morning that he strangled and then stabbed 19-year-old Siobhan L. Russell to death in his Reston area bedroom last year, and he pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

Lee T. Wiggins, now 18, told police that he and Russell had been arguing about their relationship inside his house on Magna Carta Road on April 12, 2009. Fairfax Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Gregory O. Holt said that Russell reported that "he blacked out, and when he came to, he was on top of her."

Holt said Wiggins had choked Russell, then plunged a knife directly into her heart. He left the bedroom, informed his father of what he had done, then went to the garage and waited for police, Holt said. He was arrested that day and has been held in custody since then.

An autopsy found that both strangulation and stabbing were the causes of Russell's death, the prosecutor said.

Wiggins was 17 years old at the time, but all murders committed by someone age 14 or older in Virginia must be prosecuted in adult court.

Wiggins faces a sentence of five to 40 years in prison at his next hearing on Oct. 1 before Fairfax Circuit Court Judge David S. Schell. Wiggins' lawyer, Assistant Public Defender Karin Kissiah, said Wiggins had significant mental health issues and originally planned to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Instead, Wiggins took responsibility for the crime and entered a straight guilty plea with no agreement on a sentence, Kissiah said.

Russell was a recent graduate of Mountain View Alternative School. Wiggins was receiving individualized education as a result of his psychiatric issues, Kissiah said.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  May 17, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
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It would be nice if this miscreant/murderer gets the full sentence available and then spend the rest of his life locked up in a psychiatric facility.

I'm tired of the inability of some men to treat a woman, sister, spouse, girlfriend as a fellow human being.

It's revolting to think that these people have the option to plead insanity.

We know they are insane and it's no excuse!

Posted by: Badger21 | May 17, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Every murder has an argument for an insanity plea... why? no crap your insane you killed someone... get off the street

Posted by: rockettonu | May 17, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Those aged 18-20 are also adults and not "kids" or "teens", meaning they shouldn't be called those words. The writer of this article broke that rule by calling the young man a "teen". This article should've been titled "Fairfax young man pleads guilty to murdering girlfriend in Reston area". It's good that he's been arrested but the law in Virginia which requires girls and boys who are 14 or older to be tried as an adult for murder is nonsense.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | May 17, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

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