Utah man who killed mom, son gets 16 years to life in prison

Sep 27, 2019, 6:30 AM | Updated: 6:44 am
Maria Almiron, grandmother of 3-year-old Gabriel Almiron, left, and Brenda Marsh, mother of Emily A...
Maria Almiron, grandmother of 3-year-old Gabriel Almiron, left, and Brenda Marsh, mother of Emily Almiron, GabrielÕs mother, embrace after they spoke during a press conference where authorities discussed a plea reached in their murders. The defendant, Christopher Poulson, was charged with 2 counts aggravated murder, 1 count of obstruction of justice and 2 counts of desecration of a human body in the murders. Poulson is working with authorities in regards to taking them to the site where he buried their bodies.The press conference was held in the Orem city offices on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019.

Judge Robert Lunnen sentenced Christopher Poulson, 30, to at least 16 years to life in prison for murder and manslaughter charges related to the 2015 deaths, according to the Daily Herald .

Last month, Poulson pleaded guilty to killing 23-year-old Emily Quijano and her 3-year-old son Gabriel Almiron.

“I can’t think of a better way to describe Christopher Poulson than cold-blooded,” said Lance Bastian, the prosecutor in the case. “The only regret I’ve seen is for himself.”

Poulson spoke to a packed courtroom of his and Quijano’s family and friends during the emotional hearing.

“I take full responsibility. I feel terrible,” Poulson said. “I am sorry. I was not in my right mind. Emily, I am sorry. Gabriel, I am sorry.”

Poulson acknowledged to using methamphetamine and drinking alcohol when he fatally injured the boy while babysitting him in September 2015, authorities said.

Poulson then said he panicked and shot Quijano as she slept before she could discover what had happened.

As part of an earlier plea agreement, Poulson helped police locate the pair’s skeletal remains a few weeks ago in a shallow grave near the small town of Eureka about 60 miles south of Salt Lake City.

Lunnen rejected the plea deal, which called for a maximum sentence of 30 years in exchange for Poulson’s cooperation with police.

“It’s difficult for me as a court to accept a 30-year limit on two very important lives,” the judge said during a hearing earlier this month.

Richard Poulson, the defendant’s father, spoke to his son directly during the hearing.

“We love you very much, and that will never change,” he said. “But these are serious crimes, and you need to be held accountable for those crimes.”

Several of Quijano’s family members tearfully shared memories of the woman and her son, according to the Deseret News . Some called for Poulson to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Brenda Marsh, Quijano’s mother, said she forgives him.

Today’s Top Stories


Frankfurter-munching phenom Joey “Jaws” Chestnut has gobbled his way to a 15th win at the Natha...

Joey Chestnut is chomp champ again in July 4 hot dog contest

NEW YORK (AP) — Frankfurter-munching phenom Joey “Jaws” Chestnut put a protester in a chokehold while gobbling his way to a 15th win Monday at the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July hot dog eating contest, powering down 63 hot dogs and buns at the annual exhibition of excess. In a decisive chowdown comeback, women’s record-holder […]
21 hours ago
FILE - Fireworks explode over Baltimore's Inner Harbor during the Ports America Chesapeake 4th of J...

A turbulent US this July 4, but many see cause to celebrate

July 4 has arrived as many citizens struggle to find a reason to celebrate. Yet many also see cause for celebration, including President Joe Biden.
21 hours ago
A Navy soldier stands guard as authorities wait for the arrival of people who were evacuated from t...
Associated Press

Tropical Storm Colin brings rain to Carolinas, weakens

Tropical Storm Colin formed along the coast on Saturday. Conditions are expected to improve by Monday's Fourth of July celebrations.
2 days ago
A female bison and calf are seen near the Yellowstone River in Wyoming's Hayden Valley, on Wednesda...
Mark Jones

2nd visitor in 3 days gored by Yellowstone National Park bison

In less than a week, two visitors to Yellowstone National Park have been gored by bison. Park officials say to stay at least 25 yards away from a bison.
4 days ago
Travelers wait in for a TSA security check at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles,...

Pre-pandemic sized crowds descend on US airports for holiday

TSA is reporting crowds of pre-pandemic size are traveling this Independence Day.
4 days ago
Residents stand in front of building destroyed by missiles in Ukraine...
FRANCESCA EBEL Associated Press

Russian missiles kill at least 19 in Ukraine’s Odesa region

The Ukrainian president's office said three Kh-22 missiles fired by Russian bombers struck an apartment building and a campsite.
4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Utah man who killed mom, son gets 16 years to life in prison