Colorado Man pleads guilty to strangling wife, 2 young daughters

Christopher Watts in court for his hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in August in Greeley, Colo.

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Christopher Watts in court for his hearing at the Weld County Courthouse in August in Greeley, Colo.

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A 33-year-old Colorado man pleaded Tuesday to kill his wife and two young daughters in an agreement with authorities that allows him to avoid the death penalty.

In the high-profile case, Christopher Watts came to court in the County of Weld County on Tuesday, his voice shaking when he said nine times the words & # 39; guilty & # 39; pronounced in response to the different counts.

Watts recognized strangling his wife, Shanann, 34, and their daughters, Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3, and dumping their bodies into an oilfield of Anadarko Petroleum, where Watts had worked until he was arrested in the case, according to Denver 7 News.

In August, after Shanann and the two girls were reported missing, Watts appeared on local television for their safe return.

"I hope she is safe now and with the kids," he told Denver 7.

Within a day the police announced his arrest.

In the beginning, Watts told the police that he had murdered his wife and that she had strangled the daughters after he had acknowledged an affair and his intention to divorce.

During a press conference on Tuesday, district attorney Michael Rourke of Weld County Watts & # 39; story & # 39; a little lie & # 39; and he said he deserved a life sentence for each of the nine counts he had pleaded guilty.

Colorado law requires a first-degree murder claim to be a compulsory life imprisonment without the possibility of conditional release.

During the hearing Watts was handcuffed and he wore a bulletproof vest. According to the Associated Press, Shanann & # 39; s parents and brother were present during the hearing.

The Rzuceks, the Shanann family, agreed not to pursue the death penalty, partly because of the "extraordinary delays", Rourke said.

"That was the most important consideration for me to decide how to proceed with this business," Rourke said.

Rourke accused Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper for refusing executions while in the office.