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The man who killed teenager Georgia Williams plotted the murder to give himself "sadistic pleasure", the judge said.
Mr Justice Wilkie said in sentencing: "You watched her die in circumstances where you could have saved her - and doing so was a central part of your pleasure...[You] then treated her body with contempt, dumping her in a remote area."
Continuing to address Jamie Reynolds, who stood head bowed and with his hands clasped behind his back, he said: "This is not a marginal or borderline case. I am in no doubt the seriousness of your offending, so a whole-of-life term is the starting point."
"I take very seriously the conclusion of (psychiatrist) Prof Paul Peckitt that you have the potential to become a serial killer," he added.
A 23-year-old man, who was given a whole-life jail term for luring a teenage girl to his home before strangling and sexually abusing her, "had the potential...to become a serial killer."
Mr Justice Wilkie, sentencing, agreed with a psychiatric report that Jamie Reynolds had the capability of becoming a serial killer after he meticulously planned the murder of Georgia Williams.
Reynolds, of Wellington, Shropshire, carried out the crime on Sunday May 26 while his parents were away on holiday.
Prosecutor David Crigman QC said Reynolds carried out a "scripted, sadistic and sexually-motivated murder."
A 23-year-old man who lured teenager Georgia Williams to his parents' house and strangled her to death has been sentenced to a whole-life jail term at Stafford Crown Court.
Jamie Reynolds, who was described as a "sexual deviant" by prosecutor David Crigman QC, pleaded guilty to the 17-year-old's murder earlier this month.
A 23-year-old man killed teenager Georgia Williams after luring her to his parents' house and hanging her, a court has heard.
Jamie Reynolds was a "a sexual deviant", "a manipulative and conning individual who operated in denial" and had "a morbid fascination" in extreme pornography depicting violence against women, prosecutor David Crigman QC said.
Reynolds pleaded guilty earlier this month to murdering 17-year-old Georgia in May, on what was scheduled to be the first day of his trial at Stafford Crown Court.
Mr Crigman said that at the time of his arrest for murder, Reynolds had 16,800 images and 72 videos of extreme pornography on his computer, including digitally-doctored images of up to eight other women he personally knew in which ropes had been added around their necks.
A 23-year-old man who strangled teenager Georgia Williams and dumped her body in woodland is due to appear in court today when his sentencing hearing begins.
At a previous hearing, prosecutor David Crigman QC warned the sentencing judge that he would have to view distressing photographic material before considering the appropriate minimum term.
Reynolds, who is understood to have taken photographs before and after the murder, is likely to be sentenced tomorrow.
Twenty-three-year-old Jamie Reynolds from Telford, is due to be sentenced today for the murder of teenager Georgia Williams.
The 17-year-old from Wellington was found in woodland near Wrexham in May.
Reynolds pleaded guilty to murder at Stafford Crown Court earlier this month.