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Bellevue Triple Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The man accused of killing a Nashville woman, her mother, and her teenage son has pleaded guilty and will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Craig Garber pleaded guilty Thursday morning to three counts of first degree premeditated murder, and will serve three consecutive life sentences.

Garber has been held under a $1 million bond since the killings at the home of 48-year-old Michelle Pinkowski, her mother Marylea Jordan, and Pinkowski's 14-year-old son, Jonathan Culpepper.

During Thursday's hearing, Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman, read the facts of the case. He said Garber and Michelle knew each other and lived in the same neighborhood.

Garber was at the family's home on Beech Bend Drive on September 2, 2012. He admitted to stabbing Michelle multiple times, then going upstairs to Jonathan's bedroom, where he stabbed the teen. He found Marylea in the hallway and stabbed her, before returning to Jonathan's room, stabbing the boy several more times.

Pinkowski's 9-year-old daughter, who was asleep on the couch at the time, woke up to her brother's screams, and saw her grandmother being attacked. She ran outside to a neighbor's house, who called police. 

Police found Garber at the home with what were believed to be self-inflicted stab wounds. After his release from the hospital a few days later, he was charged with the murders.

A life sentence carries a term of at least 51 years before a defendant is eligible to go before the parole board. Garber would need to serve 153 years before being eligible for parole.

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