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Man Pleads Guilty In San Diego Student Case

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A convicted sex offender has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2007disappearance of San Diego State University student Donna Jou,whose body has never been found.

John Steven Burgess entered his guilty plea Wednesday in a Los Angeles courtroom and will be sentenced on May 18. Prosecutors say the 36-year-old Burgess could face five years in prison.

Authorities believe Burgess met Jou, then 19, through an online ad, and the two attended a party where he gave her heroin and cocaine.

Investigators say Burgess told them he panicked after Jou died of an accidental overdose and dumped her body in the ocean.

Burgess just finished a three-year prison sentence for failing to register as a sex offender.

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