Justus Ogendi Kebabe sentenced for killing wife and two kids
|Justus Kebabe is sentenced.|
He might have eluded authorities a little longer were it not for the fact that he ran out of gas on I-35 near Faribault the night of Oct. 14. When state troopers approached to check things out, he tried to run away, leaving a third child in the car.
The troopers arrested him for driving with a suspended license, and booked him into the Rice County Jail, but had no idea at first that he was trying to escape the grim murder scene. But soon, the 45-year-old's name was all over the news.
His children hadn't attended school and his wife hadn't shown up at work all week. A family member, who noticed Kebabe acting erratically, called Ramsey County for a welfare check.
Deputies showed up and found the three bodies in three separate rooms. Later, we learned that he'd beaten his wife, Bilha Omare, with a golf club and strangled her with an electrical cord. He'd fed sleeping medication to two of his little kids, 12-year-old Kinley Ogendi and nine-year-old Ivyn Ogendi. Kinley was drowned in a bathtub and Ivyn was suffocated with a pillow.
Police started to piece the story together and linked Kebabe to the murders. He pleaded guilty to three counts of second-degree intentional murder only a few weeks later.
Today, District Judge Elena Ostby sentenced him to three consecutive 25-year terms.