NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) - A Cocke County man and woman pleaded guilty to three counts each of felony murder and received life sentences in the death of three family members who were found dead in a mobile home fire.
WATE-TV reported that Adam Edwards and Martha Shelton entered their guilty pleas on Monday. Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty if they had been convicted.
The bodies of Terri Henderson and Sherman Ellison and their 3-year-old son, Riley, were found at their burned-out mobile home in the Grassy Fork community on May 26. Investigators have said they were killed before the fire started.
Edwards was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole. Shelton was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 51 years.
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