Man who killed, dismembered wife and daughter with ax in ‘one of the most gruesome crime scenes’ police had ever seen learns his fate

Reginald Maclaren (Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office), Bethany Maclaren and Ruth Jennifer Maclaren (KMGH screenshot)

Reginald Maclaren (Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office), Bethany Maclaren and Ruth Jennifer Maclaren (KUSA screenshot)

An 83-year-old man in Colorado will spend the rest of his days behind bars for killing and dismembering his wife and daughter with an ax last year then telling police he did not regret massacring his family because he knew they were “in a better place.”

District Judge Michelle Amico on Wednesday ordered Reginald Maclaren to serve two sentences of life in a state correctional facility without the possibility of parole for the 2023 slayings of his wife, 70-year-old Bethany Maclaren, and his 35-year-old daughter Ruth Jennifer Maclaren, authorities announced.

A jury last month found Maclaren guilty on two counts of first-degree murder as well as two counts of tampering with a deceased body, and one count of false reporting. He was sentenced to an additional 12 years each on two counts of tampering with a deceased body charges and 120 days on the false reporting charge.

Under Colorado state law, defendants convicted of first-degree murder serve a mandatory sentence of life without parole.

According to the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, Amico ordered that Maclaren serve the life sentences consecutively, meaning one after the other. Maclaren’s defense attorney requested that the sentences run concurrently, but was quickly shot down by Amico.

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