Ill. man convicted of killing family at water park

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Jurors have convicted a suburban Chicago computer specialist of murder in the deaths of his wife and three school-aged kids during a road trip to a water park.

Jurors took less than an hour to reach the verdict against Christopher Vaughn.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old fatally shot his family to pursue his dream of starting a new life subsisting in Canada’s wilderness.

It started as a death-penalty case, but Illinois has since abolished capital punishment. That means Vaughn faces a maximum life sentence.

Prosecutors say Vaughn pulled off the highway after 5 a.m. on June 14, 2007, placed a pistol under his wife Kimberly’s chin and fired.

They say he then shot 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra and 8-year-old Blake in the chest and head.

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