Man gets life in prison in Cañon City triple slayings

Jaacob Van Winkle

A sex offender from Indiana has been sentenced to three consecutive life sentences for sexually assaulting a teenage girl and killing her mother, brother and sister in southern Colorado.

Jaacob Van Winkle won’t be eligible for parole under the sentence handed down Monday in Cañon City under a deal he reached with prosecutors. He doesn’t face the death penalty.

Van Winkle pleaded guilty in June to the March killings and assault. The Associated Press isn’t identifying the victims to protect the identity of the girl who was sexually assaulted.

Family members wept as they addressed the judge.

Van Winkle was convicted in Indiana of child molestation and other sex crimes involving girls in 2004. He failed to register as a sex offender after moving to Canon City.

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