Father: Plea deal needed to find bodies of daughter, child
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The father of a Utah woman who was killed four years ago with her young son says he didn't like the idea of the plea deal given to his daughter's boyfriend but knew it was the only way to find the bodies.
Jesse Quijano said Thursday that it bothered him to open the door to a lesser sentence for Christopher Poulson, even though he told police the general area where he buried 23-year-old Emily Quijano and her 3-year-old son Gabe Almiron, KSL-TV reports .
"I was against it from the beginning — it just does not make sense to me that someone who has taken my babies away from me should now be calling the shots, should now be trying to negotiate," Quijano said. "I mean, you beat a 3-year-old baby boy to death, you cowardly shot a sleeping beautiful young girl and now you want a deal? No."
It took police several trips to the area before they found the remains. Poulson said he didn't remember the precise location because he was high on drugs at the time of the killings.
He is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 26 after pleading guilty to murder and other charges, He could face 16 year to life in prison, with a lesser sentence possible for revealing where the bodies were buried.
Jesse Quijano said he was heartbroken when he found out last week that their bodies had been discovered in a shallow grave near the small town of Eureka about 60 miles (97 kilometers) south of Salt Lake City.
"There was no hope anymore," Quijano said. "I was extremely sad because it brought it home finally that they were truly gone."
Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/