Chris Watts‘ mistress, Nichol Kessinger, was reportedly taken away by federal authorities and placed in witness protection miles from her home. According to Radar Online, the move was for her own safety.

“She has received several threats, public shaming, and could be considered one of the ‘most hated women’ in America,” a source close to the investigation told the outlet. “She plans to start fresh with a new name, new town, and ultimately a new identity.”

Last month, Watts pleaded guilty to murdering his pregnant wife, Shan’ann, 34, and their daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. However, there was reportedly a lot of “yelling and crying” before the former Colorado family man agreed to the plea.

“Their evidence against him was overwhelming,” a source told People of the 33-year-old. “There was some yelling and some crying, but eventually he acknowledged that his life was over after he killed Shan’ann. He would have been facing years of legal challenges, and best-case scenario he would have been acquitted. Worst-case scenario, he gets put to death.”

Although he was not put to death, a neighbor of his wished he was. “I just wish we had the death penalty,” Cheryl Hallowell, 68, who lived just two doors down from him in Frederick, CO, told Radar. “I hope somebody kills him in prison. It’s just wasted space. This guy killed kids, he was just really bad. Nobody understands why he had to kill them.”

Instead, the cold-blooded killer was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole. “My husband, he called me and told me that he got a life sentence and said ‘thought you should know so you could be relieved,'” she added. “I was already crying because I so was happy.”

Watts was recently transferred to a Wisconsin prison for “safety reasons. Radar‘s national correspondent, Nik Hatziefstathiou, said, “They [federal marshalls] don’t think that the state prison in Colorado has the resources to protect him and other prisoners for those who might want to target him.”

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