Christopher Watts to be sentenced in deaths of pregnant wife, young daughters
IRREVERSIBLE. He escaped the death sentence but Chris Watts, 33, was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for the murders of his pregnant wife and his two daughters. His in-laws described the killer as a monster while Judge Marcelo Kopco called this homicide one of the most inhumane and vicious crimes that he has ever seen.
The judgment has been rendered to the extend of the horror of the crime. Chris Watts was sentenced to life for the murder of his two daughters and his pregnant wife.
The accused made his appearance in front of the court, the head down, his hands tied to his waist, wearing an orange jumpsuit, before listening in silence, his legs shaking, not less than five life sentences without the possibility of parole pronounced by Judge Marcelo Kopco calling this quadruple homicide perhaps "the most inhumane and vicious crime that I have handled out of the thousands of cases that I have seen." Watts was also sentenced to 48 years for the death of his unborn son, who was to be called Nico Lee, and another 36 years for crimes related to the disposition of bodies.
"You were like our son..."
The murderer rarely looked up during the judgment not even when his mother, in tears, turned to him and said, "We love you from the beginning and we still love you today." The in-laws treat for their part the murderer as a "monster." "Jail is going to be too soft for you," said Shanann's father. "You were like our son, your wife loved you, your children adored you," read with a misunderstanding deep voice his mother-in-law. "We don't know who allowed you to do that."
Before Watts' conviction, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke revealed the terrible details of how the father of the family strangled his wife, Shanann, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 , before brutally getting rid of their bodies on an isolated site where he was working.
"Sincerely sorry for all this."
"The man sitting to my right smothered his daughters," Rourke said. "Imagine the horror in Bella's mind as her father was taking away her life ... She fought for her life while her father was choking on her."
One of Chris Watts' lawyers said that his client was "devastated" and although the killer was aware of the lightness of his words, he was "sincerely sorry for all this".
Watts, 33, pleaded guilty this month to first-degree murder and other charges. With approval of his wife's family, the prosecutors dropped the possibility of the death penalty. His sentencing comes back to the end of his life. She cooperated with police before her arrest, she told the newspaper.
"Those smiles light up my life."
No one has forgotten last August's images showing Watts standing on the front porch of his home in Frederick, about 30 miles north of Denver, pleading for his family's return to reporters of KMGHas his wife Shanann and the two girls just went missing. "My kids are my life," Watts said. "Those smiles light up my life." Watts told first the station that his family had gone to a friend's house.
Shannan, 15 weeks pregnant with their third child, was just back from a trip to Arizona. She came home from the airport about 2 a.m., and he left for work about 5:15 a.m.
Chris Watts told the law enforcement that he had been informed that he wanted a separation. They were not argued, but they were both upset and crying, he told police, according to an affidavit.
The bodies in a grave shallow and in oil tanks
Three days later, Shanann Watts' body was found in a grave shallow. The bodies of Bella and Celeste were found in commercial oil tanks where Watts had worked.
On November 6, Watts pleaded guilty to nine charges, including three counts of first-degree murder and unlawful termination of a pregnancy.
In front of the horror of the drama, investigators said they don't exactly know the motivations of the murderer. Investigators say they discovered Watts was "actively involved" in an affair with a co-worker.
"He was not wearing a wedding ring..."
It's not even clear if that was Nichol Kessinger, 30, who told The Denver Postshe is working for the petroleum contractor. "We had just met," Kessinger told the newspaper. "I barely knew him." "He was not wearing a wedding ring when they were introduced," she said. When they first came out of late June, he told her he was in the final stages of a divorce.
Watts send her a text on August 13 to say his family had disappeared. "When I read the news, I found out he was still married and his wife was 15 weeks pregnant," Kessinger told the newspaper. " Then, I assailed him with questions over the phone and by texts," said Kessinger. "He changed his story about the divorce." Noting that he kept lying to her, she decided to call the police on August 15, refusing, according to her statements to the newspaper, to have any contact with him until his family was found.
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