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Plover man pleads guilty to raping, killing woman

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A Plover man pleaded guilty Friday to sexually assaulting and killing a 36-year-old woman who was a neighbor in his apartment building, according to online Portage County court records.

In a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a third felony - hiding a corpse - in the Aug. 7 death of Jamie Koch at her apartment in Plover, the records said.

Jose Luis Flores Aca, 33, pleaded guilty to first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree sexual assault and is to be sentenced Sept. 30, court records said.

The mandatory punishment for the murder charge is life in prison, but a judge can set a parole eligibility after 20 years. Prosecutors told a judge that they will also request that Flores Aca be sentenced to 20 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision and it be served at the same time as the life prison sentence, court records said.

Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske said he will recommend Flores Aca to sent to prison with no chance for parole.

“I am happy for the family that they don't have to be put through the trial,” he said.

Flores Aca agreed to plead guilty after the judge denied a defense motion and ruled that admissions that Flores Aca made about the crimes could be used at his trial, the prosecutor said.

The victim's family was in the courtroom when the plea deal was announced, court records said.

Flores Aca told investigators he was returning from an evening at the bar and had just been unable to talk to a former girlfriend when Koch asked "Hi, how are you?" as he stood in the hallway of the building where he and Koch had separate apartments, the criminal complaint said.

Flores Aca said Koch invited him inside her apartment and he eventually "threw her a punch" and she fell down, the complaint said.

Flores Aca said he used his hands and Koch's bra to strangle her and then sexually assaulted her, the complaint said.

Koch's body was found in a partially burned car near a farm field in rural Waupaca County, police said.

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