Del City dad sentenced to 18 years for deaths of children

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DEL CITY, Okla. -- A Del City dad convicted in connection with the deaths of his three children is sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Tuesday morning a judge handed down the punishment for Christopher Dunham.

Last year Dunham's three young kids died in an RV fire.

Last month a jury convicted Dunham on six counts of child neglect and drug possession.

The 18-year prison sentence came at the request of the jury.

Walking out of court, Dunham said didn't like his punishment.

"It's not fair at all. That's all I've got to say," Dunham said.

"I do think it's fair. It's reasonable," Dunham's attorney Robert Sisson said. "I have the highest respect for Judge Bass and I'm grateful for his mercy."

"I think it's closure," Del City Fire Major Brandon Pursell said.

Del City fire investigators said the fatal fire is one of the toughest cases they ever had to work.

Prosecutors claim both Chris and his wife, Stephanie, repeatedly locked the young victims inside the RV while the couple got high on meth and pot.

That left the kids no way to escape on the day of the deadly fire.

Firefighters hope Dunham's fate makes every parent realize they are responsible for the well-being of their children. 

"People do need to be held accountable for their actions," Pursell said.

Chris Dunham did agree to waive his right to an appeal.

His family left court without saying a word.

Stephanie entered a "no contest" plea in the case and will be sentenced in July.

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