Illinois man sentenced to 4 life terms for killing wife, 3 kids in '07

Illinois man sentenced to 4 life terms for killing wife, 3 kids in '07

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FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the Will County Sheriff's Office in Joliet, Ill., shows Christopher Vaughn, of Oswego, Ill. Closing statements are scheduled to begin Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Joliet, Ill., in the murder trial for Vaughn, who is accused of fatally shooting his wife and three children in June 2007. (AP Photo/Will County Sheriff's Office, File)

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by DON BABWIN

Associated Press

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 10:58 AM

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- A judge has sentenced a suburban Chicago man to life in prison for killing his wife and three children because he allegedly wanted to start a new life subsisting in the Canadian wilderness.

Tuesday’s sentencing of Christopher Vaughn comes two months after jurors found him guilty of murdering 34-year-old Kimberly Vaughn and their children -- 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra and 8-year-old Blake.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old computer specialist planned the killings because he saw his family as an obstacle to his dream of a new life. He shot them in the family’s SUV in June 2007 during what he said was a surprise trip to a waterpark.

The judge sentenced Vaughn to four consecutive life sentences with no chance of parole. He made no statement in court.

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