Man who murdered his pregnant wife and two young girls sentenced to three life sentences without chance of parole

By Dave Andrusko

Christopher Watt, Shanann Watt

Earlier this month NRL News Today reported that prosecutors in Frederick, Colorado, allowed Christopher Watt, who had brutally murdered Shanann, his pregnant wife, and their two young daughters, to avoid the death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to a multiplicity of charges that would mean he would never leave prison.

Monday Watt was sentenced to three life sentences in prison for the murders of Shanna and their two young daughters. The bodies of Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, were found stuffed in an oil tank on the property of Anadarko Petroleum, the company where Christopher Watts worked. Shanna’s body was found in a shallow grave nearby.

When the agreement was reached in early November, Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke “said he would not have accepted a deal that permitted the dismissal of any of the charges against Watts,” according to the Denver Post. “The proposed imposition of three consecutive life sentences was important even though it does not make any practical difference, he said. ‘It was important that each of those beautiful human beings be reflected in the sentence,’ Rourke said.”

Unfortunately, the closest acknowledgement that Mrs. Watt was carrying a baby was the additional sentence Judge Marcelo Kopcow imposed of 48 years (which will run consecutively to the other sentences) “for the unlawful termination of pregnancy for the death of Shanann’s unborn son, Nico,” according to Fox 31 Denver.

Also running consecutively is the 12-year sentences Watt received for three separate counts of tampering with a deceased body.

Until Monday Weld County District Attorney Rourke had not discussed the causes of the three deaths. Watt strangled his wife and suffocated his children. The details of the murders are almost unimaginatively brutal and will not be discussed here.

Fox 31 Denver’s Joe Dahlke reported that Christopher Watts’s parents were

permitted to speak as the girls’ grandparents. Each said they still loved their son and urged him to seek God’s forgiveness.

“We love you,” Cindy Watts said into a microphone before turning to look directly at her son. “And we forgive you, son.”

Shanann Watts’ parents, who had lost a daughter, and three grandchildren

detailed their ongoing struggle to understand how he could murder the three people who considered him a hero.

Frank Rzucek said he was disgusted by the way his son-in-law took his wife and two daughters “out like the trash.”

“Prison is too good for you,” Rzucek said. “This is hard to say, but may God have mercy on your soul.”

“You disgust me,” he added.