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Man Pleads Guilty In Canon City Family Slaying

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CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) – A judge has accepted a guilty plea from an Indiana sex offender charged with killing his former girlfriend and her two young children and sexually assaulting her teen daughter in southern Colorado.

Jaacob Vanwinkle (credit: Canon City Police)

Jaacob Vanwinkle (credit: Canon City Police)

Thirty-one-year-old Jaacob Van Winkle pleaded guilty Monday to all 36 charges against him in exchange for a life sentence.

Van Winkle stabbed a 35-year-old woman and her 9-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son on March 9 in Canon City. Police say her 16-year-old daughter escaped and ran to a neighbor’s for help.

He was convicted in Indiana of child molestation and other sex crimes involving girls as young as 5 and 7 in 2004. He failed to register as a sex offender after moving to Canon City.

He will be sentenced in September.

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