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Chris Watts sentenced to life for killing pregnant wife, daughters

Chris Watts to be sentenced for killing pregnant wife, young daughters Colorado man sentenced to life in prison after guilty plea in family killings
Melinda Barton | 20 November, 2018, 01:01

He pleaded guilty this month to murdering his wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts and their daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.

'Prison is too good for you. "This is hard to say, but may God have mercy on your soul". The children were found inside an oil tank.

On November 6, Watts pleaded guilty to nine charges, including three counts of first-degree murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy. He's expected to receive life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Watts received three consecutive life sentences without a chance at parole on Monday, almost two weeks after pleading guilty to avoid the death penalty.

As a prosecutor detailed the injuries found on the bodies, Rzucek leaned forward, gasping. Prosecutors have said the reports would be released after Watts was sentenced.

Both daughters died from smothering, prosecutors said. Celeste had no visible injuries, he said.

"She just got back from Arizona, and I figured she was just busy, but when her friend showed up, that's when it just registered - like all right, this isn't right", Watts said.

They also spoke at Monday's hearing and begged him for answers. We trusted you. Your faithful wife trusted you.

Watts wiped away a tear with his shirt after his parents left the podium.

Judge Marcelo Kopcow handed down the sentences after an emotional hearing and graphic testimony about the grisly murders of his wife and daughters.

Family members of Shanann Watts are giving powerful victim impact statements to open the sentencing hearing for Chris Watts.

Watts is represented by the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, which does not comment on pending cases.

Friends of Mrs Watts and neighbours lined up inside the courthouse on Monday morning to see him being sentenced, while more watched on a video stream in an overflow room.

Watts told detectives that he was having an affair. Rourke said Watts talked with a real estate agent about selling the family's home, looked up secluded vacation spots and didn't seem interested in the self-help books his wife provided.

According to police, Watts then changed his story, saying he strangled his wife in a fit of rage after watching her choke Celeste.

He initially expressed shock at their disappearance, even appearing on local television to make pleas for their safe return.

A friend asked police to check on Shanann Watts on August 13 after not being able to reach her and growing concerned that the expectant mother had missed a doctor's appointment. Officers initially handled the search and soon sought support from Colorado investigators and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Days later, after local police called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he was charged with killing his family.