A man who killed his wife and her two daughters in 2005 was sentenced Friday to life without parole on each count.
Chad Cottrell pleaded guilty in March to three counts of murder in the October 2005 slayings of Trisha Cottrell, 29, Brittany Williams, 12, and Victoria Williams, 10.
According to the local reports, he's supposed to have molested both step-daughters prior to killing them. One report said he killed his wife with a baseball bat and then molested and shot the girls. At a certain point he was quoted as having said about his wife, "She got what she deserved."
What could make a man that angry? What separates a man like this from other men? I would imagine he's not all that different from the guy who slaps his wife every once in a while, when she asks for it, of course. Those wives usually learn how to survive. Maybe Mrs. Cottrell didn't have those skills.
And let's not fail to mention that he owned a gun. Up until the time of the triple rape-murder when he annihilated his entire family of its female members, he must have been exercising his god-given right to own firearms. Besides being a basic human right, it's in the Constitution, isn't that what I keep hearing?
And, what do you think of the sentencing? There was plenty of talk about the death penalty; some reports even had the killer asking for it.
The victims' family wept openly during the proceedings. Hamilton Superior Court Judge William J. Hughes called Cottrell, who had repeatedly asked to be given the death penalty and had admitted molesting both children, the "worst of the worst."
"Because he himself so thoroughly sees death as the preferred sentence, life imprisonment without parole is, beyond any reasonable doubt, the most appropriate sentence for the worst of the worst defendants," Hughes said.
Since when do judges use this reasoning for deciding the appropriate sentence? It sounds bizarre to me that a Superior Court Judge could say something like this. I can understand the one we discussed the other day where the question was whether the dependent continues to pose a threat even behind bars. Although I oppose capital punishment in any case, at least that reasoning makes sense. But the idea of not giving him the death penalty because that's what he prefers, I don't know. What's your opinion?
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