WATTS SENT TO PRISON IN WIS­CON­SIN

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - — Noelle Phillips and Elise Sch­melzer, The Den­ver Post

Christo­pher Watts, the Fred­er­ick man who mur­dered his preg­nant wife and two young daugh­ters, is in prison in Wis­con­sin, on­line records show.

The Colorado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions trans­ferred Watts this week for se­cu­rity con­cerns; of­fi­cials had kept his lo­ca­tion a se­cret. But Watts’ name shows up on a web­site where peo­ple can send money to Wis­con­sin prison in­mates.

The web­site shows Watts is housed at the Dodge Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Waupun, Wis. A Wis­con­sin Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions spokesman would not con­firm or deny Watts’ in­car­cer­a­tion.

A Colorado cor­rec­tions spokesman has con­firmed the trans­fer but not the new lo­ca­tion.

Watts pleaded guilty Nov. 6 to stran­gling his wife, Shanann, and smoth­er­ing their daugh­ters, Bella, 4, and Ce­leste, 3.

Al­though Watts pleaded guilty, he has never ex­plained his mo­tive. He had been hav­ing an af­fair, and case files show the Watts cou­ple had been strug­gling in the months lead­ing up to the deaths.

It is com­mon for state prison sys­tems to swap in­mates, es­pe­cially those who are high pro­file. A new Colorado state law re­quires cor­rec­tions of­fi­cials to in­form vic­tims’ fam­i­lies of trans­fers and lo­ca­tions.

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