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Chris Watts sentenced to life in prison in ‘inhumane’ killings of two daughters and pregnant wife

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A Colorado judge sentenced Chris Watts on Monday to three consecutive terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole in the killings of his pregnant wife and two young daughters.

Judge Marcelo Kopcow said in his 17 years on the bench, "this is perhaps the most inhumane and vicious crime that I have handled out of the thousands of cases that I have seen."

Watts also received additional time for other crimes, including unlawful termination of an unborn child.

Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke described how Watts killed his wife and two daughters at the sentencing hearing for the Colorado man charged with first-degree murder in their deaths.

Shanann Watts was strangled, and his two toddler daughters were smothered to death, Rourke said, citing disturbing details from the medical examiner's report.

"The man seated to my right smothered his daughters," Rourke said. "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."

An attorney for Watts followed Rourke's statement by saying her client is "devastated" and though Watts realizes his words are hollow, he is "sincerely sorry for all of this."

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