Derrick T. Cardosi (Newton County sheriff)
The man found guilty earlier this month in the August 2016 stabbing deaths of three people in Sumava Resorts was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
A Newton County Superior Court jury Thursday recommended Derrick Cardosi, 25, formerly of Cedar Lake, serve life in prison without the possibilty of parole for his role in the murders of Justine Lee Babbs, 20, Richard Thomas, 23, and Kimberley A. Spearks, 29, who were found fatally stabbed Aug. 28, 2016, in a Sumava Resorts residence.
The murders occurred after what Prosecutor Jeffrey Drinski described during trial as a plan to rob Thomas of drugs and money.
Cardosi was found guilty of three counts of murder and two counts of murder while committing a burglary, as well as two counts of assisting a criminal and one count of auto theft, after a seven-day trial.
His co-conspirator, Sebastian Wedding, 26, was sentenced Oct. 23 to 55 years in prison for his role in the deaths after striking a plea agreement.
Neither defense attorney Joe Falk nor Drinski could not be reached for comment Friday.
Carrie Napoleon is a freelance reporter for the Post-Tribune.