KENTLAND, Ind. (AP) — A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison after reaching a plea deal in the stabbing deaths of three people in northwestern Indiana.

Sebastian Wedding of Lake County apologized Monday, saying he's "sorry for everything that happened," before learning his punishment in Newton County Superior Court. The Post-Tribune reports he agreed to plead guilty to two counts of murder.

In exchange, he avoids a possible sentence of life without parole.

Wedding's co-defendant, 25-year-old Derrick Cardosi of Sumava Resorts, is scheduled for trial in January on charges including murder.

The bodies of 20-year-old Justin L. Babbs, 23-year-old Richard Thomas and 39-year-old Kimberly Spears were found stabbed multiple times Aug. 28 in a home in Sumava Resorts, an unincorporated community about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Gary.

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Information from: Post-Tribune, http://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/