A Coon Rapids man will spend life in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting and murdering a five-year-old Meeker County girl in 2016.
Zachary Todd Anderson pleaded guilty in Cass County court on Friday, to charges of first degree murder, and first degree criminal sexual conduct with penetration.
Officials say 5-year-old Alayna Ertl was kidnapped from her home in Watkins, about 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis in 2016.
Anderson was then arrested in Cass County after Ertl's body was found submerged, and covered with debris, near a cabin in Cass County.
Anderson will serve a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of release, which is the maximum sentence in Minnesota.