Bell Co., Ky man pleads guilty in triple slaying

Bell Co., Ky man pleads guilty in triple slaying

July 4, 2007

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A southeastern Kentucky man faces sentencing next month after pleading guilty to murder in the deaths of 3 people last winter.

Buster Gambrel, 46, of Bell County agreed to a life sentence in the case. Commonwealth's Attorney Karen Blondell says Gambrel will be sentenced August 6th.

Two people riding an all-terrain vehicle in the Kettle Island community near an abandoned coal mine in early January found the bodies of Donnie Joe Fuston, 56, of Pineville and Arley Carnes, 49, of Arjay and his nephew Bryan Carnes, 31, also of Arjay.

No motive has been released.

Gambrel acknowledged shooting the men with a 9mm pistol and stabbing them. Blondell told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Gambrel said he acted alone.

Blondell says under a life sentence, Gambrel would be eligible for parole in 20 years.

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