UPDATE: Inmate who pleaded guilty in murder found dead

UPDATED Monday, July 7, 2014 --- 4:50 p.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a Portage County Jail inmate awaiting sentencing for murdering his neighbor apparently killed himself in his jail cell.

The sheriff's office says 33-year-old Jose Luis Flores Aca was found hanging from a bed sheet in his cell late Sunday. Attempts to revive Aca failed, and he was pronounced dead at the jail.

Aca pleaded guilty last month to first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree sexual assault. He was accused of strangling 36-year-old Jamie Koch, driving her body to Waupaca County and setting her car on fire last August.

Aca was scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 30. The sheriff's office says he was housed by himself.

Sheriff John Charewicz tells Stevens Point Journal Media that Aca was not on suicide watch.

WSAW-TV reports Stevens Point police will investigate Aca's death.

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UPDATED Wednesday, September 4, 2013 --- 9:41 a.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Portage County prosecutors say a Plover man accused of strangling his neighbor last month sexually assaulted her dead body before setting the corpse on fire.

A Stevens Point Journal Media report says 33-year-old Jose Luis Flores Aca acknowledged killing the woman and assaulting her body.

Flores Aca was charged Tuesday with three felonies, including first-degree intentional homicide.

A WSAW-TV report says 36-year-old Jamie Koch died last month of strangulation.

The criminal complaint says Flores Aca told investigators he was in the hallway of his apartment when Koch opened her door and invited him to talk. He says she grabbed his arm, and then he punched and strangled her.

He also told detectives he drove her body to Waupaca County, parked and set the car on fire.

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 14, 2013 --- 9:10 a.m.

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (AP) -- Bond of $1 million has been ordered for a central Wisconsin man held in the death of his neighbor.

A prosecutor in Portage County told a judge Tuesday they believe Jose Luis Flores Aca entered Jamie Koch's apartment in Plover and sexually assaulted her before killing her and setting fire to her body in Waupaca County. The body of the 36-year-old victim was found by a farmer in a burned vehicle in the Town of Harrison Aug. 7.

Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske says he plans to file charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, sexual assault and hiding and mutilating a corpse.

The Stevens Point Journal Media says Flores Aca is due back in court Sept. 3.

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UPDATED Friday, August 9, 2013 --- 3:32 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Police say they've arrested a man in connection with the death of a 36-year-old Plover woman.

Waupaca County Sheriff's deputies discovered Jamie Koch's body in a burned vehicle in the Town of Harrison on Wednesday morning. Investigators are treating the case as a homicide.

Five agencies working on the case, including the state Department of Justice, released a joint statement on Friday saying police arrested a man on Thursday evening. He was booked into the Portage County jail on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide and hiding a corpse.

The statement but did not offer any further details. A DOJ spokeswoman listed as the media contact for the agencies didn't immediately return messages.

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UPDATED Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 3:47 p.m.

TOWN OF HARRISON, Wis. (AP) -- The death of a woman whose body was found inside a burned vehicle in a town west of Appleton is being investigated as a homicide.

State and county authorities released details of the case Thursday. Deputies from the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office found the body of the 36-year-old woman from the Village of Plover in the car on Wednesday morning.

The woman's identity has not been released. An autopsy is pending to determine her cause of death.

Investigators from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab along with state and local authorities also searched an apartment in Plover to conduct further investigation. Authorities say no one is in custody.

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Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013 --- 12:53 p.m.

WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) -- Sheriff's officials say a homicide victim found in a burned car in Waupaca County is a woman from Plover.

Sheriff Brad Hardel says the 36-year-old woman may have been killed before she was placed in the car found Wednesday in the Town of Harrison.

WLUK-TV says police in Plover are also checking an apartment in that community. The state Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting.

Results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death is pending.

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