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Ex-Virginia youth pastor gets 58 years in triple slaying

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Chesterfield County, Va., Police shows Christopher R. Gattis. Gattis, a former Virginia youth pastor, was sentenced to 58 years in prison for killing his wife, stepdaughter and the stepdaughter's boyfriend last Thanksgiving. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, that Gattis pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. (Chesterfield County, Va. Police via AP, File)

CHESTER, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia youth pastor was sentenced to 58 years in prison for killing his wife, stepdaughter and the stepdaughter’s boyfriend last Thanksgiving.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that 59-year-old Christopher R. Gattis pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

Investigators learned Gattis had issues with 58-year-old Jeanett L. Gattis’ children. He didn’t want 30-year-old Candice L. Kunze or her boyfriend, 36-year-old Andrew Buthorn, staying for long.

Following multiple arguments, Gattis’ wife asked his adult nephew to hide a gun, saying she was afraid Gattis would use it.

He walked into their kitchen Thanksgiving night with a loaded pistol while his family played a board game and began firing.

Gattis initially told police he was threatened, saying “they all came after me.”

All three died of gunshot wounds to the back.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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