Judge to sentence Illinois man in murder of wife, 3 kids

Judge to sentence Illinois man in murder of wife, 3 kids

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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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Posted on November 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 26 at 5:32 PM

CHICAGO -- A judge will sentence a 37-year-old suburban Chicago man for slaying his wife and three school-age kids in the family’s SUV as they drove to an Illinois waterpark.

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

There’s little suspense about a sentence heading into the hearing in Will County Court in Joliet. Vaughn faces a mandatory life term for the quadruple-murders.

But the hearing gives relatives a chance to confront the Oswego man and tell the court about the victims.

Prosecutors say the computer specialist planned the murders in advance. They say he saw his family as obstacles to his dream of starting a life subsisting in Canada’s wilderness.

 

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