A Canadian man, who was on trial for murdering his wife and two young daughters after taking them to church, has been sentenced to 35 years-to-life in prison.
35-year-old Jacob Forman, described as a devout Christian at the time of his arrest in 2017, received sentencing after pleading guilty to the murders, two weeks ago, reported FOX News.
The incident allegedly occurred when Forman’s wife, 33-year-old Clara Forman, confronted him about his drinking.
According to CTV News, Forman also murdered his two daughters—seven-year-old Karina, and eight-year-old Yesenia—to death.
Crown prosecutor Murray Kaay claims Forman had the girls get into their pajamas and let them watch Netflix. He then told the girls he wanted to “play a game,” before killing them.
During a police confession, “he said he thought it would be better for them to go home to heaven than to grow up in a world where daddy had killed mommy,” Kaay told the judge.
Kaay said Forman’s statement “can only be described as narcissistic and selfish to a degree which defies comprehension.”
“He killed his children in a callous, cowardly manner,” he added.
Forman allegedly contemplated suicide for several hours after the murders, but decided against it.
When Clara failed to show up for work on Dec. 19, friends decided to call the family’s home. During the first call, Forman told them his wife wasn’t feeling well, during the second call, he claimed she left him and took the kids.
One of Clara’s friends then placed a call to the police.
Cops—after searching the Forman residence—found the dead bodies in the garage, two days after the murders occurred.
Forman initially pleaded not guilty to the murders, but later changed his plea.
Justice Allan Betton sentenced Forman to consecutive life sentences, 10 years without parole for the murder of his wife, and 25 years without parole for the murders of his two daughters.
“This breach of trust of such young children, vulnerable and trusting of their father, was horrific,” said Betton.