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Wedding sentenced to 55 years for triple-homicide

Monday was an emotional day for the friends and family of the three victims murdered in Newton County last year. This comes as 25-year-old Sebastian Wedding was sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in the triple homicide.

Posted: Oct 25, 2017 4:35 PM
Updated: Oct 27, 2017 4:42 PM

NEWTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Monday was an emotional day for the friends and family of the three victims murdered in Newton County last year. This comes as 25-year-old Sebastian Wedding was sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in the triple homicide.

Judge Daniel Molter started off by telling the courtroom that "this is a dark day for everyone" and that "this case has gotten as much attention as a presidential assassination."

Molter went on to ask the courtroom to conduct themselves in a professional manner.

As part of a plea agreement, Wedding pleaded guilty to playing a role in the murders that took place in Sumava Resorts.

Last August, police were called to the home in northern Newton County where they found Justin Babbs, Kimberly Spears and Richard Thomas dead.

All three had died as a result of multiple stab wounds. Wedding and Derrick Cardosi were arrested in connection with the stabbings.

In the courtroom Monday, multiple people took the stand and gave their testimonies. This included family and friends of the victim, family members of Wedding, and even Wedding himself.

During his testimony, Wedding told the courtroom he was sorry for what had happened. He said if he could go back, he would've never unlocked the door for Cardosi as he was trying to get into the home.

Wedding also said that one of the victims, Richard, was one of his best friends.

The maximum sentence was 60 years, but Molter says he didn't hand down the max because he wrote a letter of confession and was convinced that Wedding did not want this tragedy to happen.

As the hearing wrapped up, Molter told the courtroom that he felt their pain.

He said as a judge "we simply have a job to do and so often we have to set our emotions aside."

Friends and family members say today brought little closure.

"My granddaughter and my grandson, they never get to see their dad," said Rick Babbs.

"We'll never forgive, we'll never forget. There's no reason behind it, they can't give us a reason. So just move on and just hold each other tight and keep them in our memory," said Kaitlyn McFarlin.

Carrie Clinton was a friend of Richard Thomas. She was among those who took the stand.

"It affects everybody. For the rest of our lives, we have to deal with it and he's going to get 55 years? And then he gets to walk out? It's not fair," said Clinton.

As far as Cardosi, he will go on trial in January.

Some of the people News 18 spoke with said they're hoping that will bring more justice.

After the hearing on Monday, Wedding was remanded by the Newton County Sheriff's Office where he will be transferred to the Indiana Department of Corrections.

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