Weld man who killed pregnant wife, two daughters, moved to out-of-state prison

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Christopher Watts sits in court for his sentencing hearing at the Weld County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Greeley, Colo. Watts received three consecutive life sentences without a chance at parole on Monday, nearly two weeks after pleading guilty to avoid the death penalty. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP, Pool)

DENVER  |  A Weld County man who was sentenced to life in prison for killing his pregnant wife and two young daughters has been transferred to an out-of-state prison.

Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn tells The Denver Post that 33-year-old Christopher Watts was moved to an undisclosed prison for “safety and security” reasons.

Prosecutors say Watts strangled his wife, Shanann, and smothered his daughters, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, inside the family’s Weld County home in August. He then buried his wife in a shallow grave on an oil and gas work site and dumped the girls’ bodies in oil tanks nearby.

Fairbairn did not respond to a request by The Associated Press on Tuesday for additional details about the transfer.