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Colorado man Christopher Watts gets three consecutive life sentences for killing pregnant wife, two young daughters

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 11/19/2018 David Boroff

In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, a photograph of Shanann Watts and her daughters, Bella, 4, left, and Celeste, 3, is shown at a makeshift memorial in Frederick, Colo. © AP In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, a photograph of Shanann Watts and her daughters, Bella, 4, left, and Celeste, 3, is shown at a makeshift memorial in Frederick, Colo. A Colorado man who pleaded guilty to killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters was hit with three consecutive life sentences on Monday.

Prosecutors gained approval from the family of Shanann Watts before agreeing to the plea deal with husband Christopher following the horrific crimes that he committed in August.

Christopher Watts, who lived with his family in Frederick, pleaded guilty earlier this month to three counts of murder, two counts of murdering a child, one count of unlawful termination of a pregnancy and three counts of tampering with a deceased human body.

"The plea of guilty to each of those counts naming each of those victims — Shanann, Bella, Celeste and Nico — was an important consideration ... He deserves a life sentence for each and every act on top of one another," Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke said during a press conference on Nov. 6.

The girls' bodies were found submerged in an oil tank, and Shanann Watts' body was found buried nearby in a shallow grave.

a close up of a man in glasses looking at the camera © RJ Sangosti/AP Watts was arrested for the murders after initially pleading for the safe return of the family members, who had been missing for several days. He would later admit to killing Shanann Watts in a "rage," but claimed she had killed 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste. Nico was their unborn son.

Prosecutors say Watts' claim was "a flat-out lie."

Investigators found that Christopher Watts was having an affair with a co-worker, but he denied that before he was arrested.

Autopsy reports of the victims will be released after the sentencing.

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