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Father from suburban area receives life sentence without parole for drowning his 3 children

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Father from suburban area receives life sentence without parole for drowning his 3 children

ROUND LAKE BEACH, Sick. — A person who drowned his three children in Round Lake Beach was sentenced to life without parole.

Jason Karels, 36, was sentenced Friday after entering a “guilty but mentally unwell” plea in December.

Police responded to a house within the 200 block of East Camden Lane on June 13, 2022, after the mother of the kids discovered their bodies.


(L to R) Bryant, Cassidy and Gideon – Courtesy GoFundMe

Bryant, 5, Cassidy, 3, and Gideon, 2, were drowned.

“If I can’t have them neither are you able to,” a note from Karels read on the scene.

After the brutal murders, his wife, Debra, spoke to WGN News.

Debra said she was estranged from Karels and that he was an absentee father who was unwilling to search out a job while playing video games across the clock.

In court, the family described the three children as beautiful, innocent children who didn’t deserve what happened to them. They stated that Karels is a “monster” who destroyed many lives.

Karels will serve his life sentence without the potential of parole within the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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