On August 15, Chris Watts was arrested for the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters at their home in Denver.

As Dearly previously reported, prior to his arrest, Watts led authorities and the media to believe he didn’t know where his family was. Even making a plea for their safe return on national television.

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His story quickly fell apart when the bodies of his wife, 34-year-old Shan’ann Watts, and their two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, were found near oil tanks where he worked.

In time, Watts changed his story, allegedly telling investigators that he killed Shan’ann in a fit of rage after watching her strangle one of their daughters as the other one laid still on the bed via a baby monitor.

Watts claimed his wife took their daughters’ lives because he had asked her for a divorce.

And for the last nearly three months, it was reported that Watts was sticking to that story. However, all of that changed on Tuesday, November 6.

According to People, Watts has pleaded guilty to murdering his wife, unborn son, and two young daughters.

By pleading guilty to the murders, the 33-year-old avoids facing the death penalty. Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said following the guilty plea:

“What I can tell you most affirmatively today, by what happened in the courtroom, is the spotlight that he tried to shine on Shan’ann falsely, incorrectly … has been corrected.

The spotlight shines directly where it belongs: on him.”

The nine charges he pleaded guilty to are five counts of first-degree murder, one count of unlawful termination of pregnancy, and three counts of tampering with a dead body.

As NBC News reports, two of the five counts of first-degree murder are because prosecutors “brought two murder charges for each of the girls’ deaths”:

The second of which cited the death of a child who “had not yet attained twelve years of age and the defendant was in a position of trust.”

Rourke also said that authorities have a “partial motive” for why Watts would take the lives of his family.

However, that will not be discussed until after Watts’ sentencing on November 19. On that day, he will likely be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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7 Replies to “Chris Watts Pleads Guilty to 5 Count of First-Degree Murder After Killing Pregnant Wife and 2 Daughters”

  • Like 2 years ago

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  • Bonnie 2 years ago

    Glad he plea dealed so the families don’t have to go thru more hell. Life without parole at age 33 is a very long time time. The sadness is overwhelming.

  • Gayle 2 years ago

    I don’t care what excuse this man gives, there is no justification for what he did. WHY is it that if he confesses to murdering his family the death penalty is taken off the table? Hope he gets life without the chance of parole and I hope he lives to a ripe old age behind bars.

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    As long as it takes to make it to the death penalty, I almost would rather he got that so he would have to sit and wait for his calling…….life in prison , he can still have visitors……..do they get visitors here anymore? NO……He is a horrible, horrible person who deserves whatever the worst is..

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  • Cherri Holt 2 years ago

    His Mom says it was coerced and where I understand she is hurting her grandbabies are dead. Sorry Mom your son is a killer!

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