A man from Utah who confessed to killing his ex-girlfriend and her son four years ago was sentenced to 15 years alive for the mother's murder and one to 15 years in prison for the murder of her three-year-old boy.
Emily Quijano, 23, and Gabriel Almiron disappeared in September 2015, but Christopher Poulson, 30, only confessed to the murders in August and three weeks ago he revealed details of where he had buried the bodies after prosecutors offered a plea where they would ask a judge to reduce his sentence.
However, 4th district judge Robert Lunnen refused to shorten his time behind bars when he appeared in a Provo courtroom on Thursday and the family of the murdered woman spoke to the man who, according to them, did not repent of his crimes.
On Thursday, just three weeks after the remains were found by a volunteer in search in the desert near Eureka on September 6, Poulson appeared handcuffed and wore a red jumpsuit, but he looked very different compared to his mugshot and previous appearances in court, one Fox 13 video shown.
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Christopher Poulson, 30, was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and her son. Exactly, he is pictured in court in November 2017 when he was charged
Emily Quijano (left), 23 and Gabriel Almiron (right) disappeared in September 2015, but their bodies were found earlier this month after Poulson revealed details of where he had dumped them as part of a plea with prosecutors
& # 39; I take full responsibility for what I have done, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I feel terrible about what happened. I feel extreme repentance. I'm sorry, I was not in my right mind when this happened. & # 39;
But Vice-Utah County Attorney Lance Bastian noted that Quijano vividly recalled the moments prior to the toddler's death and the time thereafter, but Poulson claimed he did not know how the child was injured.
Poulson allegedly woke up and found that Almiron had died after collapsing, then panicked and held a gun wrapped in a towel against Quijano & # 39; s head and shot her while she slept.
The next day he bought a shovel and work gloves, which was used to bring a case against him while the authorities were investigating.
But after the woman's ex-husband reported her missing, Poulson told the police that they had had it on September 8, 2015 and hadn't seen her since she left their apartment in Orem. He reported that he found drug carriers at home.
The murderer has since blamed methamphetamine and alcohol for his actions, and his father Richard Poulson told the court: "He is a different person if he does not use drugs."
Poulson is pictured in 2017 when he was accused. He has blamed methamphetamine and alcohol for his actions
Judge Lunnen said about the sentence: & # 39; It is difficult for me as a court to accept a 30-year limit for two very important lives & # 39;
Attorney Bastian called Poulson & # 39; cold-blooded & # 39; and noticed how the mother and son dumped & # 39; on each other & # 39; were in a shallow grave with a cigarette butt on it.
& # 39; They were crammed into that hole, & # 39; said Bastian. He added about the conviction: & # 39; There is a large part of me who wishes that this court could do more. Because he has earned it. & # 39;
The family of the two victims asks that he never be released because a conditional government in Utah determines how much time he will spend behind bars.
The woman's father – who has been a professional musician for 50 years – said he was the & # 39; mental prison & # 39; had endured in the four years that the bodies of his daughter and grandson were not discovered.
& # 39; I no longer wish to play music, & # 39; KSL reports Jesse Quijano in a statement. & # 39; My Emma and Gabe are not coming home. This finally sinks away and it tears my heart to shreds. I feel no freedom or relief from this mental fear. & # 39;
The dead woman's mother said she had forgiven the murderer accused before the August plea of two counts of aggravated murder, obstruction of justice, and two counts of desecration of a human body.
Juab County Search and Rescue Team worked with the Sheriff & # 39; s Office, the Orem Police and the FBI to locate the bodies.
"It is true that the bodies of Emma and Gabe have been restored and will be home soon, and this has brought me overwhelming happiness and gratitude," Brenda Marsh declared in court. & # 39; Seeing Christopher taking to prison does not bring me joy. But it brings me peace. It is good that he is there and is serving his sentence. & # 39;
Judge Lunnen said about the conviction: & # 39; It is difficult for me as a court to accept a 30-year limit for two very important lives. & # 39;
Attorney Bastian called Poulson & # 39; cold-blooded & # 39; and noticed how the mother and son dumped & # 39; on each other & # 39; were in a shallow grave with a cigarette butt on it
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