Before Chris Watts was handed multiple life sentences, the 33-year-old broke down as his parents issued a statement and a prosecutor detailed the way he killed his family.

In the days leading up to his sentencing, Watts’ parents, Cindy and Ronnie Watts, sat down for their first televised interview.

As a result of the backlash from that interview, which Dearly previously reported on, Cindy and Ronnie took their time in front of the judge to explain their previous statements.

They said, through their lawyer, in part:

“We are not in any way condoning or tolerating the crime that has occurred and the pain that has been caused. …

This is something that we will never get over. We appreciate the consideration that everyone has paid, most especially the families that has lost everyone. We appreciate that they begged for Christopher’s life.”

Their statement continued:

“[The prosecution] took the time to explain that the information that my clients had at the time that they were interviewed was not correct, they were misinformed. They were searching for answers. They were not intending to cause any pain to anyone.”

His parents also told their son that they forgive him and will continue to love him despite what he has done.

Also speaking to the judge was Watts’ father-in-law and Shanann’s father, her brother, and her mother.

Shanann’s mother said during her statement:

“God makes no mistakes on who he puts into your life. Marriage is about love, trust, and friendship, and unity. We marry in sickness and in health till death do us part. Our daughter, Shanann, loved you with all of her heart. Your children loved you to the moon and back, Shanann’s family was her world. Shanann put a crown on your head, but unfortunately the day that you took their lives, God removed that crown. We loved you like a son, we trusted you, your faithful wife trusted you, your children adored you and they also trusted you.

Your daughter, Bella Marie, sang a song proudly, and I don’t know if you got to see it, but it was, ‘Daddy, you’re my hero.’

I have no idea who gave you the right to take their lives, but I know God and his mighty angels were there at that moment to bring them home to paradise. God gives us free will, so not only did you take the family of four, your family of four, you took your own life.”

His mother-in-law explained that she didn’t want the death penalty for Watts because that’s not her right. She added that she prays that God has mercy on him.

Watts seemingly broke down during the many statements before asking his attorney to make a short statement on his behalf.

Posted by Shanann Watts on Sunday, March 25, 2018

In that statement, Watts said:

“He is devastated by all of this. And although he understands that words are hollow at this point, he is sincerely sorry for all of this.”

Watts himself then said “no, sir” when asked if he wanted to make a statement on his own accord.

The judge presiding over the hearing eventually found the plea agreement to be fair under the circumstances and sentenced Watts to five consecutive life sentence without the possibility of parole for the murders of Shanann, Bella, and Celeste Watts. He was also sentenced to 48 years for the unlawful termination of his unborn son, Nico Watts, and an additional 36 years was imposed for the three counts of tampering with a body.

The judge described the crime as “senseless,” “vicious,” and “despicable” before calling it “perhaps the most inhumane crime” that he has handled in nearly 17 years.

You can watch the full sentencing hearing below:

Chris Watts sentencing hearing

We're live in the courtroom as Chris Watts, the Frederick man who pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters, is set to be sentenced.MORE:

Posted by Jace Larson on Monday, November 19, 2018

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10 Replies to “‘God Makes No Mistakes on Who He Puts in Your Life:’ Mother-in-Law Speaks as Chris Watts Is Sentenced to Life”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He was convicted of killing his unborn child, yet abortion is legal. I’ m at a loss for words. No matte what the Court says abortion is murder in my opinion!

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Give it time, right now in Ohio they are making it illegal to abort

  • Gary Vanover 2 years ago

    He should not be a burden on taxpayers for the next 40 years!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Good for him should of been death

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    He deserves the death penalty

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    Heartless monster for sure

  • Pamela Rashaed 2 years ago

    It is not right that we be made to support people that without a doubt have committed such horrible acts of murder .. such as this. What is life for this kind of murderer? They become as children. Houses fed clothed and even have recreation…

  • Amber 2 years ago

    I cried through this whole thing… why didn’t he just get a divorce they would all still be alive. He could of went to any emergency room and told staff he was feeling homicidal and been committed to a hospital for help to covercome his violent thoughts. He could have gone to a pastor at a church. There was literally no way for him to get away with this. His little girls is what I truly don’t understand… He didn’t have to kill them to start over with some other woman. Why on earth was this is thought process.

    • Chrissy 2 years ago

      His thought process was truly selfish, Amber. He didn’t want to have anything to tie him down. And certainly no child support obligations, that’s too inconvenient. A new start with a new, younger, woman. Another Scott Peterson, actually I think he’s worse than Scott. He held his kicking and struggling little daughter until she couldn’t fight the suffocation anymore. A child! He’s truly a sociopath.

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