Round Lake Beach murders: Jason Karels pleads guilty to drowning his 3 children

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Round Lake Beach father pleads guilty to murder of his 3 children
Jason Karels has now pled guilty to the murders of his three young children were found dead in a Round Lake Beach home in June 2022.

ROUND LAKE BEACH, Ill. (WLS) -- A Round Lake Beach father accused of murdering his three children in 2022 has now pled guilty.

Jason Karels pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, in the murders, according to the Lake County (IL) State's Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said he drowned the children - ages 2, 3 and 5 - in June of 2022. Their mother found the bodies at Karel's Round Lake Beach home at 200 East Camden Lane

Officers said he wrote a note reading, "If I can't have them, neither can you."

Karels has previously pleaded not guilty to the murders.

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Karels will be sentenced to life in prison, without the possibility of parole, authorities said.