Man Pleads Guilty To Heinous Crime
A man has pleaded guilty to one of the most heinous crimes that shook a US city.
According to the Associated Press (AP), Jason Karels, 36, pleaded guilty to murdering his three on June 13, 2022. The 36-year-old had been in a bitter custody battle with estranged wife. The custody battle soon turned tragic when Karels drowned the couple’s three children. The incident took place in Chicago, Illinois.
According to Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart, officers discovered Karel’s crime when they went to check on the children. The officers found a note Karels left for his estranged wife which suggested he had committed the dastardly act.
“If I can’t have them neither can you,” Karels’ note read.
Authorities said Karels shared custody of the children with his estranged wife, with the couple living separately.
The 36-year-old was arrested after leading police officers on a chase that lasted several minutes. Police said the chase ended in a crash at an Interstate 80 bridge in Joliet, Round Lake Beach. Karels was taken to a hospital where he was treated for an injury he sustained from the cash.
Following his arrest, Karels told officers that he had murdered and had attempted to kill himself before fleeing the home. Responding officers also confirmed that the 36-year-old’s blood was found at the crime scene, which suggests he had tried to kill himself.
Rinehart, who hoped the 36-year-old’s guilty plea would bring closure, told the AP that Karels’ crime left the company devastated.
‘If I can’t have them neither can you’: Man pleads guilty to drowning his 3 young children https://t.co/hetYF0DhCs
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“This case has devastated the community,” Rinehart said, AP reported. “We hope that today’s resolution provides some measure of closure, and we will continue to provide support to the family.”
The couple’s children were identified as 5-year-old Bryant, 3-year-old Cassidy, and 2-year-old Gideon.
Karels pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder but claims he is mentally ill. The court has ordered a pre-sentence investigation for Karels.
Jason Karels, 36, entered a plea of guilty but mentally ill to three counts of first-degree murder for the killing of his three children in 2022. Karels had previously entered a not-guilty plea for the murders.https://t.co/vOTcGUbjhV
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According to Rinehart, Karels now faces a life sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections without any chance of parole. The 36-year-old will be sentenced on Feb. 16, 2024.