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Colorado Man Sentenced to Life For Killing Pregnant Wife, 2 Children

November 19, 2018 - 1:10 pm

GREELEY, Colo. (WCBS 880) — A Colorado man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his pregnant wife and their two children.

Chis Watts, 33, was sentenced Monday, two weeks after pleading guilty to avoid the death penalty. He will not be eligible for parole.

His wife, Shanann Watts, 34, was reported missing Aug. 13 after missing a scheduled doctor’s appointment.

Watts initially appeared on television, begging for help in finding his wife and their two daughters.

Later, he admitted to murdering Shanann, who was 15-weeks pregnant, and their daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3.

According to an unsealed Weld County arrest affidavit, investigators say they discovered Watts was having an affair with a coworker for at least a month before the killings.

Police found Shanann’s body in a shallow grave days after she was reported missing. The two children were later found into an oil tank.

Shanann’s family was reportedly fine with taking the death penalty off the table in exchange for Watt’s guilty plea.