Ryan Brunn, a 20-year-old maintenance worker sentenced to life this week for killing a Georgia girl, apparently commited suicide in prison today, according to Associated Press reports.

Brunn was found at 4:15 p.m. in his cell at the state prison. He was unresponsive at the time and was pronounced dead at 5:37 p.m. at a hospital, according to the Associated Press.

Brunn was convicted on Tuesday of killing seven-year-old Jorelys Rivera whose body was found in a trash compactor at the apartment complex in Canton where Brunn worked. A judge sentenced him to life without parole during the hearing in which he also apologized to Rivera's family and provided details of how he enticed and molested the young girl before murder, according to CNN Wire Staff.

Earlier today, the city of Canton's Police Chief Jeff Lance turned in his resignation following a report that he was "laid back" during the investigation and search for the young girl, according to the Associated Press. 

A 17-page review revealed Lance's department made mistakes and violated its own policies during the search for Rivera, said Associated Press reports.

Rivera's father, Ricardo Galarza, told CNN reporters that news of the death made him "feel good but, on the other hand, it doesn't because my daughter will never be with me again."

Rivera was first reported missing from her apartment complex in Canton at about 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, according to the Associated Press. 


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