Nov 20 2018
Christopher Watts, who pleaded guilty two weeks ago, did not speak during the hearing.
"This is a heartless monster", said Frank Rzucek, Shanann's father, sobbing as he stood at a podium just feet away from a seated Watts, who wore an orange prison uniform, his hands cuffed in front of him.
A bruise in the shape of a finger mark on her neck told investigators that Watts had strangled her slowly and without resistance, Rourke told the court: "The horror she felt as the man she loved wrapped his hands around her throat and choked the life out of her must have been unimaginable".
Police have said Watts killed his wife and daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, inside their suburban Denver home. The bodies of Bella and Celeste were found in commercial oil tanks at a company where Watts had worked. Watts was buried nearby.
Shanann was reported missing August 13 after she missed a doctor's appointment.
Shan'ann's brother and mother also spoke at the hearing, sharing that they begged the district attorney not to give Chris Watts the death penalty.
Watts, 33, was formally sentenced to consecutive life sentences for the murders.
He also pleaded guilty to unlawful termination of a pregnancy and tampering with a deceased human body.
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Cynthia and Ronnie Watts openly doubted that their son had really done all these things - even after he pleaded guilty to it all on November 6 in a plea deal that spared him 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.
Despite his admissions, the killer's parents urged him not to strike a pea deal, with his mom Cindy voicing her support at Monday's hearing. Officers initially handled the search and soon sought support from Colorado investigators and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A memorial outside the home of Shanann Watts in Colorado. "I hate what has happened", Cindy Watts said, in tears.
Watts with wife Shannen and their daughters Bella and Celete.
Shanann Watts was strangled, and his two toddler daughters were smothered to death, Rourke said, citing disturbing details from the medical examiner's report.
Within days, the 33-year-old was arrested and charged with killing his family.
Friends of Shanann Watts and neighbors in the subdivision where the family lived lined up inside the courthouse Monday morning.
Police learned that Christopher Watts was having an affair with a co-worker. They filed for bankruptcy in June 2015, six months after Christopher Watts was hired as an operator for the large oil and gas driller Anadarko Petroleum at an annual salary of about $61,500.
Nov 19 2018
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Nov 17 2018
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McCarthy told reporters before the party elections that "we've got a plan" to counter Democrats in the next two years. Or Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota's 5th congressional district , who is the first Somali-American elected to the U.S.
Nov 16 2018
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The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have conflicting claims with China in parts of the South China Sea . Duterte, 73, needed to catch up on his sleep, spokesman Salvador Panelo said, according to Sky News .
Nov 15 2018
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Another official was more forgiving: "She'd run through a brick wall for you but her personality isn't for everyone". Ricardel's continued service to the American people and her steadfast pursuit of his national security priorities".
Nov 15 2018
Storm packing snow, sleet, freezing rain to hit Philly area Thursday morning
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Nov 14 2018
Wildfire triggers evacuation order for Malibu
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Nov 12 2018
Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Cher fear for homes as California wildfire spreads
The TV series "Westworld" is among the many productions that have filmed at the ranch in the mountains west of Los Angeles. According to TMZ , Kim was returning from a visit to San Quentin Prison in northern California when she spotted the blaze.
Nov 11 2018
Residents Flee as Wildfire Chews Through Northern California
Sky News US correspondent Greg Milam, who is in Los Angeles, said: "What's driving this fire is the Santa Ana winds ". The bodies of two people have been discovered in Malibu but it is unclear whether their deaths were caused by fire.
Nov 10 2018
Bound plane with dozens of Canadians on board crashes shortly after takeoff
Flight Alerts, a Twitter account monitoring aircraft, reported the plane overshot the runway and crashed into a fence. The flight, which was heading to Pearson Airport, experienced some technical difficulties and had to return to CJIA.
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