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Guilty plea in Riverbank homicides

POSTED September 18, 2009 11:49 p.m.
A Riverbank man, standing accused of stabbing to death three of his family members, pled guilty Thursday to three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.
Jesse Frost, 39, admitted to the stabbings that caused the deaths of his mother, Donna Norton; sister, Judy Niemi; and brother-in-law Anthony Niemi. He also injured his nephew, Matthew James.
The case against Frost arose out of events that occurred in the city of Riverbank on Feb. 15. According to the prosecution, Frost stabbed all four people in a Riverbank residence where he was living, and then surrendered to the police.  
The plea agreement calls for Frost to receive three consecutive sentences of life without parole.
As part of the agreement, Frost may not appeal the conviction, nor may he ever seek clemency or pardon. Frost also allocuted to the crimes, admitting that he stabbed the four people intending to kill them without any legal, ethical or moral excuse for doing so. Frost will never be eligible for parole under the agreement. In return for the pleas, the prosecution agreed not to seek the death penalty.
Sentencing was set for 10 a.m. Oct. 27 in Department 2 at the Stanislaus County Superior Court.

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