Chris Watts sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murdering pregnant wife and two daughters
Chris appeared in court Monday where his sentence was announced. Earlier this month he accepted a plea deal in order to avoid facing the death penalty.
Chris Watts from Fredrick, Colorado, who pleaded guilty of killing his pregnant wife and two daughters in August this year was sentenced to life in prison Monday with no possibility of parole in an emotional hearing.
According to the DailyMail, Watts appeared in court Monday where his sentence was announced. Earlier this month he accepted a plea deal in order to avoid facing the death penalty. In August, the 33-year-old murdered his wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, after a conversation with Shanann at their house.
Just before his sentence was delivered, Chris' father-in-law and brother-in-law tore him apart in the statements they delivered. Shanann's father Frank Rzucek, who spoke in court, labeled Chris an evil man. "I trusted you to take care of them, not to kill them. You don’t know what love is. Because if you did you would not have killed them. You monster. You thought you would get away with this. You carried them out of the house like trash. You buried my daughter Shannan and Nico in a shallow grave and then you put Bella and CeCe in containers of crude oil," Rzucek said in his statement.
Apart from their statements, there were also details revealed about how he committed the murder. It was revealed Shanann was strangled and his two kids were smothered. After killing them inside the house, he was caught on surveillance cameras "carrying them out like trash".
“I could objectively say this is perhaps the most inhumane and vicious crime that I have handled out of the thousands of cases I have seen,” Judge Marcelo Kopcow said. “Nothing less than a maximum sentence would be appropriate.”
Watch: Father of Shanann Watts, mother in Colorado killed by her husband Chris Watts, calls him an evil monster during his sentencing. pic.twitter.com/e668D7rlEV— WPEC CBS12 News (@CBS12) November 19, 2018
When the bodies of Shanann and the two kids were discovered, Chris lied and told the police Shanann had strangled the kids after he revealed he was leaving her. Adding to that, he said he killed his 15-week-pregnant wife in a rage because of what she did to the kids. It was also revealed Watts had a mistress during the time the murder happened.
Just days before the hearing, his mistress, Nichol Kessinger, spoke out and revealed Chris told her he was a divorced father and he didn't wear his wedding ring around her. She also said he seemed to be calm and didn't show any sort of remorse or emotion after he claimed his family was missing.
Though Chris pleaded guilty, his parents begged him not to do so and asked him for answers. They also spoke at the hearing claiming the pair had an abusive relationship. His mother Cindy said, "As your mother, Chris, I have always loved you. We will remain faithful as your family."