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Chris Watts Was Ordered To Pay For Funeral Costs Of Victims

Chris Watts Was Ordered To Pay For Funeral Costs Of Victims

American murderer Chris Watts, who killed his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, was ordered by the judge to pay their funeral costs as well as pay for any therapy the grieving family may have needed.

The 34-year-old, who was having an affair at the time of the murders, admitted to killing wife Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, and their daughters Bella, four, and three-year-old Celeste in 2018.

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Watts struck a deal with prosecutors to avoid the death penalty for his crimes - and because of his plea deal, Watts was given five life sentences without the possibility of parole.

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According to the coloradoan.com, as part of Watts' sentence, he was ordered to pay more than $41,000 (£31,700) in restitution, including funeral and burial costs for his wife and daughters.

The Sun reports that he was also ordered to pay the cost of any counselling needed by the relatives of Shannon, Bella and Celeste.

Last November, Shannan's parents Frank and Sandy Rzucek were awarded a $6 million (£4.6m) payout by Watts after bringing a civil case against him.

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When filing the claim against Watts, the Rzuceks highlighted the fact he 'misled investigators' and lied to the public, the police and the media.

The filing read in part: "Defendant also gave multiple interviews to television and media outlets where he falsely claimed that he missed his family and was hoping they would all come home, so as to end his supposed 'nightmare' of life without his wife and children."

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Watts agreed to the terms of the filing, which included a $1m (£772,500) pay out to the Rzuceks for each of the deaths of Shanann, Bella and Celeste.

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They were also awarded an additional $3m (£2.3m) for the 'grief, pain and suffering, emotional stress, and loss of companionship', coloradoan.com reported.

Since being jailed, the killer has revealed the gruesome truth behind the murders in a series of letters to author Cheryln Cadle, which show a pre-mediated sequence events - a far cry from what he claimed to police.

The case has been pushed back into headlines following the release of Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door.

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Topics: crime, US

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Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]