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Life term for California man’s ‘unforgivable’ child slayings

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2017 file pool photo, Robert William Hodges is arraigned in connection with the deaths of his three children, Kelvin, 11, Julie, 9, and Lucas, nearly 8 months, in Yolo County Superior Court, in Woodland, Calif. Hodges was sentenced to three life terms in prison under a plea agreement, Friday Jan. 19, 2018. (Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California man apologized for the “unforgivable” slayings of his three children as he was sentenced to life in prison.

The Sacramento Bee newspaper reports that Robert Hodges apologized Friday to his wife for destroying the life they had built together by suffocating infant Lucas Hodges and strangling 9-year-old Julie Hodges and 11-year-old Kelvin Hodges. He also attacked his wife, Mai Hodges, in their West Sacramento apartment in September.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge David Rosenberg calls it the “darkest, most depraved case” he’s handled. He calls Hodges a “serial killer of his own children.”

The 32-year-old was sentenced to three life terms under a plea agreement that spared him the death penalty.

Investigators previously said Hodges was in financial trouble and had considered killing himself and his family for a year.

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