The man accused of killing three people inside their Bellevue home last year will spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Craig Garber, 41, pleaded guilty on Thursday to three counts of first-degree murder and accepted a punishment of three consecutive life sentences. Garber broke into his neighbor’s home on Sept. 2 and fatally stabbed 48-year-old Michelle Pinkowski, her 14-year-old son Jonathan Culpepper, and her mother, 71-year-old Marylea Jordan.
Garber had self-inflicted knife wounds when police found him at the scene. He was charged with criminal homicide after he was released from the hospital.
Garber originally entered a not guilty plea on March 6.
A defendant convicted of a life sentence is eligible to appear before the parole board after 51 years. Therefore, Garber would be eligible for parole after 153 years because of the consecutive sentences.