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Robert Freebold Sr. Sentenced to Life In Prison for Murdering His Family

UPDATE 5/12/23 11:15 a.m

A Northern Michigan man will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing three of his family members.

60-year-old Robert Freebold Sr. from Elberta was convicted of first-degree murder for killing his ex-wife, Marilyn freebold, their son, Robert Freebold Jr., and another son of Marilyn’s, Malachi Maloney.


The Benzie County Prosecutor says Freebold Sr. was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday in court. First-degree murder carries a mandatory life sentence.

4/12/2023 5:20 p.m.

The Benzie County prosecutor confirms that Robert Freebold has been found guilty on three counts of first degree murder.

Freebold was accused of murdering his wife and two adults sons in Elberta back in November of 2020.


His trial started April 3 and wrapped up Wednesday when the jury returned with a guilty verdict.

No sentencing date has been set yet according to the prosecutor.

4/3/2023 6:18 p.m.

The trial of a Benzie County man accused of killing his family in late 2020 is expected to start this week.


Jury selection is slated to begin Tuesday morning in the murder trial of Robert Freebold.

Freebold is accused of murdering his wife and two adult sons.

Benzie County deputies say Freebold shot all three at home on Grand Avenue in Elberta back in November of 2020.

Marilyn Freebold and Robert James Freebold were both found dead inside the home. Malichi Maloney, the second son, died of his injuries at the hospital.

Deputies say the four lived together at the time of the murder.

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