- Associated Press - Thursday, November 12, 2015

MANISTIQUE, Mich. (AP) - A man who pleaded guilty in the deaths of three people whose bodies were found in a burned-out car in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Daily Press of Escanaba reports (https://bit.ly/1NNqChP ) Garry Cordell learned his punishment on Thursday in a Schoolcraft County court. He earlier pleaded to murder charges in the deaths of 31-year-old Carrie Nelson, 25-year-old Heather Aldrich and 42-year-old Jody Hutchinson.

They were found April 17 in Doyle Township, 70 miles southeast of Marquette. Police have said the motive appears to be drug-related.

Had Cordell chosen not to plead guilty, it is possible he would have been found guilty of lesser charges by a jury. Instead, his guilty pleas guaranteed him life in prison.

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Information from: Daily Press, https://www.dailypress.net

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