GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - A Lawrenceville man will spend at least 30 years in prison for stabbing two of his sons to death.
Channel 2’s Kerry Kavanaugh was there when Elvis Garcia-Nelasco pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault Tuesday. The charges stemmed from a February 2011 quadruple stabbing.
Police said Garcia-Nelasco stabbed his 1-year-old son and 3-year-old twins. Only one of the twins survived. Police said he also stabbed himself to look like a victim. A recording of his 911 call from that night was played publicly for the first time Tuesday.
"I need an ambulance. My three kids are on the floor. Somebody killed them with a knife," Garcia-Nelasco told the dispatcher.
Initially another man was charged, but the charges were later dropped. Police said Garcia-Nelasco fabricated a story to set the man up amid a custody battle.
"We believe it arose out of the fact that the mother had left him and left him with the boys," Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter told Kavanaugh.
Garcia-Nelasco was sentenced to life with parole for the killings, and 20 years for the aggravated assault charge. If paroled, he will be deported to Honduras.
"I think effectively, we've taken him off the street for the rest of his life," Porter said.
Porter believes he pleaded guilty to spare the children's mother the pain of the trial. Porter said she was in the courthouse during the plea, but did not want to enter the courtroom.
Garcia-Nelasco's family members declined to speak to Kavanaugh at the courthouse, but they repeatedly shouted to him how much they loved him.