Guilty Plea in Tragic Case
Jason Karels, a 36-year-old man from Round Lake Beach, Chicago, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to three counts of first-degree murder for the tragic deaths of his children: five-year-old Bryant, three-year-old Cassidy, and two-year-old Gideon. This plea ensures a life sentence without parole in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Horrific Incident and Note Discovery
On June 13, 2022, Round Lake Beach police discovered the lifeless bodies of the children in their father’s home during a welfare check. Alongside the heartbreaking scene, authorities found a note penned by Karels, ominously stating, ‘If I can´t have them neither can you.’ The children were on a weekend visit when this horrific incident occurred.
Chilling Details and Police Chase
Karels confessed to drowning each child individually before a frantic police chase ended in a crash on an Interstate 80 bridge in Joliet. He was apprehended after the crash and confessed to the authorities about the deaths, revealing he had attempted suicide before fleeing.
Devastating Impact on the Community
The tragedy profoundly affected the Round Lake Beach community, prompting a strong show of support for Debra Karels, the grieving mother. A GoFundMe campaign raised over $100,000 to assist her with funeral expenses and financial stability, as she was left without a home or car.
Statements from Authorities and Sentencing
Authorities expressed condolences and solidarity with the family, emphasizing their commitment to supporting the grieving family. The Round Lake Police Department extended sympathies and hoped for some closure with the legal resolution. A sentencing hearing for Karels is scheduled for February 16.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn