Former youth pastor sentenced to 58 years for killing wife, stepdaughter, stepdaugher's boyfriend

Posted at 9:57 PM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-16 21:57:51-04

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.