NOBLESVILLE (AP) -- A Parke County man who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his wife and two stepdaughters has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences without parole.
During Friday's sentencing, Hamilton Superior Court Judge William J. Hughes called Chad Cottrell "the worst of the worst" as the relatives of his victims wept in court.
Cottrell had sought to be put to death for the killings, but his defense team asked the judge not to impose the death penalty, saying their client has a mental disorder.
Cottrell pleaded guilty in March to killing 29-year-old Trisha Cottrell, 12-year-old Brittany Williams and 10-year-old Victoria Williams at the family's rural Rockville home in 2005.
Prosecutors said Cottrell killed the girls while he was molesting or trying to molest them.