Judge Marcelo Kopcow handed down Monday five life sentences, three consecutive and two concurrent , with no possibility of parole, in the deaths of Chris Watts' daughters and pregnant wife.
An additional 48 years were added for the death of his unborn son, who was to be named Nico Lee, and 36 more years for crimes related to his disposal of the bodies. Chris Watts was so sentenced to life in prison. “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 told the court. The 33-year-old Coloeado man pleaded guilty this month to first-degree murder and other charges in the killings of his wife, Shanann, 34, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, before crudely disposing of them at a secluded site where he worked.
Before Watts was sentenced horrific details of how Watts strangled his wife and smothered their daughters were revealed. The only time Watts spoke during the proceeding was when Kopcow asked him if he wished to deliver a statement. "No, sir," he said. Shanann and Chris Watts were an American married couple in their thirties. They had been married for six years and had two daughters. The murder case has been connected in the media to the crime of "family annihilation".