Triple murderer Chris Watts transferred out of Colorado prison to an undisclosed location over 'safety and security' concerns
A new mugshot of the 33-year-old showed him without his scruffy beard and also thinner, having said to have dropped 30 pounds during his incarceration these past few months
Convicted triple murderer Chris Watts was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences in prison over the killing of pregnant wife Shanann Watts, and two daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, and moved into the Colorado Department of Corrections to serve out his term this past November. However, it's now being reported that the 33-year-old has already been moved out following "safety and security" reasons.
According to the Denver Post, Watts has been moved to an unnamed prison outside the state, with Colorado Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn confirming the transfer. "It’s for safety and security, not just for him, but for our staff, everyone," Fairbairn was quoted saying.
The corrections department did not reveal where the 33-year-old had been transferred to, though they did say that the family members of his victims, as well as the Weld County District Attorney's Office who prosecuted the case, had been notified of the sudden move. The Denver Channel stated that the transfer occurred as part of an interstate pact where high-profile prisoners can be moved to another state's system or even the federal prison system for reasons of safety. However, such placements are not necessarily permanent.
The Daily Mail reported the move was done in secret, with a Department of Corrections offender search still suggesting that Watts was located within the premises of the "Denver reception and diagnostic center" as of 10 p.m. on Monday evening. A new mugshot of the 33-year-old showed him without his scruffy beard and also thinner, having said to have dropped 30 pounds during his incarceration these past few months.
The bodies of Shanann and the two children were located by authorities on August 16 on the property of Watts' former employer — he had been fired from the job just one day previously. Celeste's and Bella's bodies were found submerged in oil tanks while Shannan was buried in a shallow grave nearby, and Watts was arrested in connection to the murders after confessing to killing all three.
The 33-year-old was subsequently charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder, unlawful termination of a pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body. Watts pleaded guilty to the murder charges on November 6 to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to five consecutive life sentences in the Colorado Department of Corrections plus another 84 years in the murders of his wife and two daughters.
He also received maximum sentences for the charge of unlawful termination of a pregnancy (48 years), and the three counts of tampering with a deceased human body (12 years in total). Because of Colorado state law, those sentenced to life imprisonment are not eligible for parole, meaning Watts will be spending the rest of his life behind bars.