Richland man pleads guilty to baby rape, murder

KENNEWICK — A Richland man pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping and killing his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby.

Prosecutors are recommending a 40-year prison sentence when 37-year-old Jose Luis Aguilar is sentenced in Benton County Superior Court.

The Tri-City Herald reports he pleaded guilty to first-degree rape of a child and second-degree murder in the death in June 2013 of Serenity Jade Reedy. The baby suffered skull fractures and other injuries.

Aguilar was a convicted low-level sex offender who had lived with the mother about a month when her baby was killed while she was sleeping.

Aguilar was arrested in Barstow, California, where police believed he was on his way to Mexico.

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