Christopher R. Gattis is sentenced to 58 years in jail for killing his wife, stepdaughter and her boyfriend on Thanksgiving day
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 Lutheran youth pastor Christopher Gattis, fatally shot his wife, her daughter, daughter’s boyfriend in Thanksgiving triple homicide.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Wednesday that 59-year-old Christopher R. Gattis ultimately pled 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.
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Police described the scene in a 911 call obtained by the outlet.
“I have one detained; be advised he shot three people…I got one male subject on the ground. He’s got two gunshots to the stomach…Sir, we have two females down in the kitchen.”
58-year-old Jeanett Gattis [left], and her daughter Candice Kunze, were both victims of the domestic homicide on Thanksgiving day in 2017
Jeanett Gattis who worked at Napier Realtors in accounting for 15 years according to a NBC 12 report lived in the home with her pastor husband their daughter and her boyfriend neighbors said
Candice Kunze’s live-in boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn, was fatally shot as well by Christopher Gattis
Authorities said the women’s bodies were found inside the home and the man’s body was found in the front yard.
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.