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Man admits to being a serial killer

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

A man has admitted in court to killing three people in Pulaski County.

During a hearing Wednesday morning, Michael Abner pleaded guilty to three counts of murder, while family and friends of the three victims looked on.

Abner was arrested in January, after his neighbor, 79-year-old Jack Roerink, was killed.

Abner also admitted to killing Mamie Mercer in 1983, and Mae Stringer in 1988.

By pleading guilty to all three murders, Abner was sentenced to life without parole, something the family and friends of the victims were relieved to hear.

"It brings some truth and understanding to what happened in the community," Andy Mercer, Mamie Mercer's grandson said. "It pulls communities apart when something of this nature happens."

"At least we have no more court dates, at least we know what's ahead, and at least we no that nobody will be hurt by this man," Judy Williams, a friend of Jack Roerink said.

Along with the murder charges, Abner also pleaded guilty to robbery, burglary, and arson.

A judge sentenced Abner to 20 years apiece on the other charges against him. But that sentence will run concurrently with his life without parole sentence.

"I'm just happy he's out of society and not bringing any more reign of terror on people", says Andy Mercer.

By Abner pleading guilty to the murder charges, an agreement was made that he would serve life behind bars without the possibility of parole.


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