Lifetime movie based on Chris Watts murders to air in January

A Lifetime movie based on the brutal triple murder committed by Chris Watts will air in January.

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The Lifetime movie “Chris Watts: Confessions of a Killer” premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 25. Sean Kleier stars as Chris Watts and Ashley Williams as Shanann Watts.

"When Chris Watts tearfully pleaded to television cameras for the safe return of his missing pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters, dark secrets loomed just beneath the surface,” Lifetime officials wrote in a release about the movie. “As the story spread, hearts went out to the distraught father and husband, who appeared to lead a charmed life. But days later, after failing a lie detector test, Chris confessed to brutally murdering his family and slowly revealed the horrific details of their deaths. Friends and family were left reeling, looking for answers as his double life and secret affair came to light."

Chris Watts killed his wife and their daughters, 3-year-old Celeste and 4-year-old Bella, in Colorado in August 2018.

He pleaded guilty in November 2018 to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to five life terms, including three to be served consecutively, plus 85 years.

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