Man guilty of killing wife, 3 kids and dog because he thought 'apocalypse was coming'
It's believed that Todt left the bodies untouched for two weeks
A man has been found guilty by jurors after he killed his wife, their three kids and the family dog because he thought the "apocalypse was coming."
Anthony John Todt, 46, was found guilty on four counts of first-degree murder on April 14 for crimes he committed on January 13, 2020.
The physical therapist, originally from Connecticut, killed 42-year-old wife Megan, Zoe, 4, Tyler, 11, and Aleksander, 13. Todt was also found guilty on one count of animal cruelty for killing the family dog Breezy, reports NBC News.
It's believed that Todt left the bodies untouched for two weeks.
Todt had initially tried to blame his wife for the killings, claiming she killed the family in a murder-suicide at the family home in Florida, just a few miles from Disney World.
Prosecutor Danielle Pinnell said Todt claimed that it was a joint plan. He and his wife needed to die at the same time to "pass over to the other side together because the apocalypse was coming."
"We loved Megan and the kids very, very much and all I have is pictures and memories to hold in my heart," said Megan Todt’s aunt and godmother. "And my parents miss them and his parents miss them and our families miss them very, very much."
Prosecutors did not demand the death penalty, but Circuit Court Judge Keith Carsten sentenced the man to life in prison with no possibility of parole.
"You, Anthony John Todt, are a destroyer of worlds," the judge said from the bench.
“This was a personal catastrophe in everybody’s life and my family, including myself,” Todt told the court. “I maintain my innocence.”
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