Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Strangling Wife, 2 Young Daughters

Colorado man pleads guilty to killing pregnant wife daughters as part of plea deal

Colorado man pleads guilty to killing pregnant wife daughters as part of plea deal

A Colorado man charged with killing his pregnant wife and two daughters has pleaded guilty under a plea deal that will allow him to avoid the death penalty.

Yesterday, Shanann's family sat in the front row of the court as they listened to Watts enter his pleas.

Watts' voice was shaking, and he could occasionally be heard sniffing after each time he said "guilty".

The agreement also required Watts to plead guilty to unlawful termination of Shanann Watts' pregnancy, a felony in Colorado.

The plea deal was approved by Shanann's family who told the district attorney they did not want to end his life as he did their daughter's and grandchildren's.

Shanann Watts, Bella and Celeste were first reported missing on August 13 by one of Shanann Watts' friends. The three bodies were found on property near Roggen owned by Anadarko Petroleum Co., where Watts worked as an operator until August 15.

In August, after Shanann and the two girls were reported missing, Watts appeared on local television pleading for their safe return. Investigators later learned Watts had been involved in an affair with a coworker, the affidavit states.

When the bodies were found, Watts changed his story to say his wife killed the girls after he told her he was leaving her.

When Shanann Watts and her two little girls went missing from their home in Frederick, about 30 miles north of Denver, Chris Watts first told news cameras that they had gone to a friend's house.

Rourke said at a press conference that the plea deal was made with the support of Shanann Watts' family, and after he explained what he called the "extraordinary delays that now exist" in Colorado in putting prisoners to death.

"I just want them back", he said in the interview.

"I know that that will never be fully realized because, obviously, the tragedy that sits before us today is the loss of four lovely lives".

The request not to seek the death penalty came from Shannan's family, CBS Denver reports.

Rourke said Tuesday that investigators never believed that Watts was being entirely truthful. Rourke said their wishes were the most compelling factor for him in reaching the plea agreement.

"He deserves a life sentence for each and every act", Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said.

"No one wins today", he said.

Shanann Watts' mother, father and brother were in court Tuesday but chose not to speak to the media. I never wanted to have to stand up and have a press conference like this.

"The spotlight he tried to shine on Shanann, falsely, incorrectly.is now shined correctly on him", Rourke said.

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