Chris Watts, the Colorado man who recently pleaded guilty to murdering his wife Shan’ann and two little girls, Bella and Celeste, was finally sentenced to three consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole. Shan’ann and her two daughters were reported missing on August 14th.
His sentence included an additional 48 years in prison for the death of Nico, his unborn son, and twelve (12) additional years for each of three counts of tampering with a dead body.
Mr. Watts declined to make a statement at the hearing. His defense team read a prepared statement on his behalf stating, “He is devastated by all this, although he understands words are hollow at this point. He is sincerely sorry.”
The final moments about Shan’ann’s, who was 15 weeks pregnant at the time and daughters, Bella’s, and Celeste’s were disbelieving. The emotional hearing revealed horrific unreported heartbreaking details of the crime.
In a calculated and sick way, per the Medical examiner office, Shan’ann was strangled to death. In addition, his daughters, Bella and Celeste, were both killed by smothering.The medical examiner found evidence that Bella fought back as her father killed her, biting her tongue from the efforts of trying to get away.
District Attorney Michael Rourke said, “The man seated to my right smothered his daughters. Imagine the horror in Bella’s mind as her father snuffed out her life. She fought back for her life as her father smothered her.”
The DA Rourke echoed the sentiment. “If he was this unhappy and wanted a fresh start? Get a divorce,” he said. “You don’t annihilate your family and throw them away like garbage.”