Moscow triple murderer John Lee sentenced to life in prison - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Moscow triple murderer John Lee sentenced to life in prison

Posted: Updated:
John Lee will be sentenced for three murders Tuesday morning John Lee will be sentenced for three murders Tuesday morning
MOSCOW, Idaho -

John Lee, the man who pleaded guilty to murdering three people, including his own adoptive mother, will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Lee received a fixed life sentence for all three counts of 1st Degree Murder, and an additional 15 years for Aggravated Battery. 

John Lee changed his plea to guilty two months ago on three counts of 1st Degree Murder and one count of !st Degree Aggravated Battery. At his hearing back in March, Lee gave the chronological events that happened in July 2015, beginning with the murder of his adoptive mother, Terry Grzebielski, then David Trail and Michael Chin (Chin survived) and then Arby's Manager Belinda Niebuhr. 

"I guess I'm in a weird situation, but my attorney told me this is the best deal and he told me to tell the truth," Lee said at his hearing two months ago. 

While describing the shootings, Lee said ""I was paranoid, I thought people were out to get me, I felt like people were watching me... "I thought maybe my parents were trying to poison me. I felt like I lost control."

Lee's defense attorney asked the judge to make him eligible for parole after only 15 years, saying he did what he did because he has a "diseased brain."

The court heard emotional testimony from the families of Lee's victims, but Lee said he did not want to address the court. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Grant County Sheriff's Office: Moses Lake Police investigating Frontier Middle School girl's suicide

    Grant County Sheriff's Office: Moses Lake Police investigating Frontier Middle School girl's suicide

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 9:31 PM EDT2018-06-20 01:31:40 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Frontier Middle School student took her own life this week and now the Moses Lake Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office. 

    >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A Frontier Middle School student took her own life this week and now the Moses Lake Police Department is investigating the circumstances surrounding her death, according to the Grant County Sheriff's Office.  The Sheriff's Office posted a message from the Grant County Health District on Monday in an effort to spread the word about suicide prevention following the news of the girl's death.  

    >>
  • Court documents offer new details in case of teens found in box truck

    Court documents offer new details in case of teens found in box truck

    Monday, June 18 2018 9:09 PM EDT2018-06-19 01:09:44 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some would call this a mobile drug den: rocks of meth, a hand gun, knife, and nearly naked teens locked in the back. A newly released search warrant filed by Spokane Police details Shonn Anderson and the teens had met up on Facebook Messenger. One of the teens told police that they messaged Anderson asking if he would sell them meth for $40.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Some would call this a mobile drug den: rocks of meth, a hand gun, knife, and nearly naked teens locked in the back. A newly released search warrant filed by Spokane Police details Shonn Anderson and the teens had met up on Facebook Messenger. One of the teens told police that they messaged Anderson asking if he would sell them meth for $40.

    >>
  • 3 people dead after drowning in North Carolina pool

    3 people dead after drowning in North Carolina pool

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 11:59 AM EDT2018-06-19 15:59:32 GMT
    Three people are dead after drowning in a pool early Tuesday morning at a North Carolina apartment complex. Police in Durham responded to the pool at the Chapel Tower Apartments, near Duke University, around 3AM.  Officials say two males and a female were receiving C-P-R, but were pronounced dead as a result of drowning.  Their names and ages have not been released.  Police say a total of four people were swimming at the pool after hours.  Officials are i...>>
    Three people are dead after drowning in a pool early Tuesday morning at a North Carolina apartment complex. Police in Durham responded to the pool at the Chapel Tower Apartments, near Duke University, around 3AM.  Officials say two males and a female were receiving C-P-R, but were pronounced dead as a result of drowning.  Their names and ages have not been released.  Police say a total of four people were swimming at the pool after hours.  Officials are i...>>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane family forced to move after racist threats left on their door

    Spokane family forced to move after racist threats left on their door

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:18 AM EDT2018-06-20 06:18:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been an incredibly difficult couple of months for Kaley Hilderbrand and her family. "We're in the middle of moving from an apartment to a house," Hilderbrand said.  It's not something the mom of a brand new baby girl though she would be doing. Back in April, the soon-to-be-married mother of three was living in a north Spokane apartment complex when she received an angry letter about doing laundry at night.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - It's been an incredibly difficult couple of months for Kaley Hilderbrand and her family. "We're in the middle of moving from an apartment to a house," Hilderbrand said.  It's not something the mom of a brand new baby girl though she would be doing. Back in April, the soon-to-be-married mother of three was living in a north Spokane apartment complex when she received an angry letter about doing laundry at night.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, June 19th

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, June 19th

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 2:17 AM EDT2018-06-20 06:17:11 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, June 19th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, June 19th.

    >>
  • Man with gun tattoo on forehead arrested for illegally possessing a gun

    Man with gun tattoo on forehead arrested for illegally possessing a gun

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 12:05 AM EDT2018-06-20 04:05:03 GMT

    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Police in Greenville, South Carolina, arrested a man with a gun tattoo on his face on several charges Monday, including unlawful carrying of a firearm. The Greenville Police Department posted Michael Vines mugshot on Facebook Monday. Police say he allegedly tossed a fully loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver into the grass after he was involved in a car crash.

    >>

    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Police in Greenville, South Carolina, arrested a man with a gun tattoo on his face on several charges Monday, including unlawful carrying of a firearm. The Greenville Police Department posted Michael Vines mugshot on Facebook Monday. Police say he allegedly tossed a fully loaded Smith & Wesson .38 caliber revolver into the grass after he was involved in a car crash.

    >>