Christopher Watts Transferred to Facility Out of State for Safety
Christopher Watts has been transferred out of Colorado to begin his multiple life sentences in prison for the August murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters.
Watts, 33, was moved to a facility in another state for safety reasons because of the attention his case has garnered, according to state Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn. The department is not disclosing his new location or when he was moved.
The families of the victims and the Weld County District Attorney’s Office have been notified of Watts’ new location, Fairbairn said.
“Him being a high profile case, it’s a higher risk that offenders would want to attack him or hurt him,” Fairbairn said. Offenders whose cases get a lot of media attention are often moved for their own safety, as well as that of staff and the public.
Colorado currently has 104 offenders housed out of state. It is now housing 127 offenders from other states.
Watts was sentenced on Nov. 19 after pleading guilty to five counts of first-degree murder, among other charges. He strangled his wife, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, and smothered his two daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste.
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