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Man Convicted In Homeless Camp Triple Homicide

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Posted at 11:58 AM, Mar 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-11 12:58:08-05

A Knox County jury has found a man guilty in the slayings of three people at a homeless camp in Knoxville.

Prosecutor Charme P. Allen said in a news release that 30-year-old Joshua H. Cool was convicted Thursday on two counts of first degree murder and one count of criminally negligent homicide. Cool was given an automatic life sentence for each count.

Allen said that in April 2013, Cool and two co-defendants strangled and beat three victims to death in a Knoxville homeless camp. Collin Colbert, age 28, 29-year-old Ryan Gorney and 32-year-old Grace Standridge were all killed. Investigators were unable to determine a motive for the killings.

Co-defendant Hope Warvi struck a plea deal to lesser murder charges. The other co-defendant, Brandon Roberts, pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.