Man sentenced to life in strangling deaths of wife, children

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Posted: Mar 01, 2016 3:10 PM
Man sentenced to life in strangling deaths of wife, children

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area man will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole for strangling his wife and two children with a cable.

Timothy Fradeneck was sentenced Tuesday. The 38-year-old pleaded guilty in January, saying he was mentally ill. The plea qualifies him for mental health care in prison.

His wife, Christie, and two children, ages 8 and 2, were found dead last April at their Eastpointe home.

Fradeneck told police he tried to take his own life by ingesting pills and starting a fire, but that he fell asleep before the fire.

His wife's sister, Courtney Zanni, told the court Tuesday that her sister was ready to leave Fradeneck after "he told her he wasn't going to go to work."