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Chris Watts Transferred Out Of Colorado Prison ‘For Safety And Security' Reasons

The Colorado Department of Corrections hasn't said where the confessed family killer has been moved to.

By Gina Tron

Chris Watts, who last month was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing his pregnant wife and kids with his bare hands, has been moved out of the Colorado prison where he was being held.

The father-turned-killer has been transferred to a prison outside of the state, Department of Corrections spokesman Mark Fairbairn told the Denver Post, citing safety reasons.

“It’s for safety and security, not just for him, but for our staff, everyone,” Fairbairn said.

The Department of Corrections has not given any details about where Watts has been moved to.

The victims’ family, however, has been notified about his new location, according to Denver7.

Watts pleaded guilty last month to smothering daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3 and strangling his wife Shanann, who was 15 weeks pregnant, back in August. He then dumped their bodies at an oil site where he worked. Watts portrayed himself as a distraught husband and father whose family had gone missing before the discovery of the bodies. He was arrested soon thereafter.

In the words of a Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke at his sentencing, Watts killed them all to seek a "fresh start." It appears that fresh start included co-worker Nichol Kessinger, who he'd been having an affair with in the weeks leading up to his family's murders.

It’s unclear if this prison move will affect how much mail Watts has been getting. Documents released by the Weld County District Attorney's Office, obtained by Oxygen.com, have revealed that he has been receiving fan mail and love letters behind bars. Those letters were sent to his Colorado prison address.

[Photo: Associated Press]