Sentencing set for man after guilty plea in family killings

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man who has pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant wife and their two young daughters is set to be sentenced.

Christopher Watts entered his plea early this month in Weld County.

Watts faces life in prison without a chance at parole for the murder charges. The 33-year-old also pleaded guilty to unlawful termination of a pregnancy.

Prosecutors say Shanann Watts’ family consented to the plea deal allowing Christopher Watts to avoid the death penalty.

Police say Watts killed his wife and their daughters, four-year-old Bella and three-year-old Celeste, inside their suburban Denver home. The children were found inside an oil tank and Watts was buried nearby.

A friend reported the family missing in mid-August. In local news interviews before his arrest, Watts pleaded for his family’s safe return.

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