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Eastpointe man who killed wife, 2 children sentenced to life in prison without parole

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A man who pleaded guilty, but mentally ill, to killing his wife and two young children in their Eastpointe home has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Timothy Fradeneck used a USB cable to strangle his wife, Christie, 37, daughter, Celeste, 2, and son Timothy, 8, on April 13, 2015, in their home on Cushing Street. Their bodies were found by police who went to the home to check on the family after Christie's sister reported not being able to get in touch with her. 

"You're right that you failed as a human being in an utterly, most awful way possible," said Judge Diane Druzinski. 

Police said Timothy Fradeneck admitted to killing his family while they slept -- and had planned on killing himself but didn't follow through with it. Family members and Fradeneck's attorney said he is bi-polar. 

Timothy Fradeneck pleaded guilty to first-degree and child abuse charges. He is expected to be sentenced to life in prison without parole.