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Christopher Vaughn family murder trial

Christopher Vaughn, of Oswego, Ill., convicted of killing his wife and three children five years ago. He was sentenced to  four consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and three children.

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Christopher Vaughn of Oswego will spend the rest of his life in prison for the murders of his wife and children.

Will County Judge Daniel Rozak sentenced Vaughn to four consecutive terms of life in prison with no possibility of parole for killing his wife, Kimberly, and their three children, Abigayle, 12, Cassandra, 11 and Blake, 8.
It was an emotional end to a five and a half year-long ordeal for the family of Kimberly Vaughn, as her father, mother, twin sister and brother-in-law talked with reporters after hearing the sentence.

Vaughn sat silent in court today.

“In my heart, I was hoping he would open up and say why I did this, or what my justification was or why I thought I would get away with it. Or what his motivation was,” Kimberly’s father Del Phllips said.  “If he would have said that, it would have helped a little on the closure aspect.”

Earlier, Kimberly’s twin sister Jennifer Ledbetter told the judge  “our hearts ache with the knowledge that they were priceless to everyone but the one man who should have loved them more than their own life.”

Kimberly’s mom called Vaughn in court a selfish coward” who had “destroy(ed) the very best thing that he had, a loving wife and three amazing children” and caused incredible pain for the surviving family.

Vaughn murdered his wife and kids, prosecutors say, because he saw them as obstacles to his dream of a new life in Canada.  During a family outing, Vaughn shot and killed his wife  and three kids in their SUV, while shooting himself to make it look as though Kimberly did the crime.

Will County state’s attorney James Glasgow praised his team, while turning most of his words to Vaughn himself, who escaped being tried under the now abolished death penalty.

“There isn’t a punishment which fits this crime,” he said.  “You could lock him up for 500 lifetimes and it would not compensate the victims in this case or the family members.”

Christopher Vaughn was sentenced to four consecutive life terms in prison for the murders of his wife and three children.

More details to come.

Judge Daniel Rozak denied a defense motion for a new trial in the Vaughn case, saying he’d admonished jurors to avoid all press during the trial.

Christopher Vaughn’s attorneys had said fallout from Peterson had left jurors prejudiced against defense attorneys.

But Rozak said any comparisons he heard between the two defense teams labelled Vaughn lawyer George Lenard as “the 2nd coming of Clarence Darrow while the others were like a rerun of Mo Howard in “disorder in the court” he said, referring to Peterson’s defense team “antics.”

The Oswego man is convicted of killing his wife and three children five years ago.

A judge will sentence Christopher Vaughn today for murdering his wife and three children five-years ago.

Vaughn was found guilty in September of fatally shooting his wife Kimberly and their three children in the family’s SUV in 2007.

Vaughn claimed that his wife was actually the killer.

Prosecutors argued that he murdered his family so he could start a new life in the Canadian wilderness.

Vaughn faces life behind bars.

Sentencing in the Christopher Vaughn murder case was delayed Monday while the judge considers granting him a new trial.

Vaughn was convicted back in September of murdering his wife and three children.

His attorney’s main argument in asking for a new trial claims jurors were so outraged over press conferences held by Drew Peterson’s lawyers, they were prejudiced against all criminal defense lawyers.

The judge said he’ll decide Tuesday whether Vaughn deserves a new trial or if he’ll proceed with sentencing.

Sentencing has been postponed for the man convicted of murdering his wife and their three children.

Christopher Vaughn, 37, of Oswego was to be sentenced Monday, but the Will County judge postponed unitl Tuesday while he considered a motion for a new trial.

Earlier Monday, the judge heard the defense’s argument for a new trial citing another high profile case, the Drew Peterson case.  Vaughn’s attorney said Vaughn did not get a fair trial because intense media coverage of the Peterson trial tainted his client’s case.
Vaughn was on trial at about the same time Peterson’s trial was happening this past summer.  Both were accused of killing their wives and their trials took place in courtrooms next to each other.

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