The Bakersfield family of a mother and her children killed in Oregon, is unhappy with the sentence in the case. Jordon Criado was sentenced to life without parole Monday, but the family wanted the death penalty.
Tabasha and Jordon Criado used to live in Bakersfield with their children, with Tabasha's family.
"Sure it hurts," said William Crowles, Tabasha's stepfather. "We know what hurt is. It's very hard on me and my wife."
A final investigation report said Jordan Criado was upset his wife had not come home that night. According to the Jackson County District Attorney's report, he gave his children sleeping meds, killed them, then stabbed his wife to death and lit the house on fire. The documents say the catalyst could have been that Tabasha Criado was having an affair and wanted a divorce. According to Tabasha's family, that doesn't justify the deaths of their loved ones.
"If we didn't have Jesus we'd be dead right now, and thank God we're not drinking and using and going nuts," said Crowles.
On Monday, an Oregon judge handed down a sentence of life without parole for murder and arson, but to the family it's not enough.
"I was hoping for the death penalty because as long as he's alive there is gong to be a wound there," said Crowles.
They worry their former son-in-law will still have a voice in prison.
"If he ever starts writing or anything like that gets back in the newspapers, that's just like taking the wound off, taking the scab right off," said Crowles.
The sentence has left the family feeling like they're locked in a prison cell of sadness.
"We got the same sentence, life without parole. I mean this thing is going to go on and on and on," said Crowles.
Jordon Criado maintains his side of the story in the investigation documents claiming his wife killed their children and he killed her to protect himself.