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

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.