Christine Paolilla

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Christine Marie Paolilla
Born(1986-03-31) March 31, 1986 (age 27)
Conviction(s)Four counts of capital murder
Penalty40 years to life in prison
Conviction statusIncarcerated at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas
SpouseJustin Rott (divorced)
ParentsLori Paolilla (mother)
Charles Paolilla (father)
 
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Christine Marie Paolilla
Born(1986-03-31) March 31, 1986 (age 27)
Conviction(s)Four counts of capital murder
Penalty40 years to life in prison
Conviction statusIncarcerated at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas
SpouseJustin Rott (divorced)
ParentsLori Paolilla (mother)
Charles Paolilla (father)

Christine Marie Paolilla is an American woman who was convicted of shooting four of her friends to death in 2003 in what became known as the Clear Lake murders, which made national headlines.

Early life[edit]

Christine Paolilla was born on Long Island, New York on March 31, 1986 to Lori, a stay-at-home mom, and Charles Paolilla, a construction worker. When she was 2 years old, her father died, followed by her grandfather and great-grandmother. When she was 7 years old, Paolilla went to live with her grandparents. As a young girl, Paolilla was diagnosed with alopecia and began wearing wigs. During her childhood, Paolilla's self-confidence was very low.[1]

Paolilla attended Clear Lake High School in Houston, Texas, where she befriended students Rachael Koloroutis and Tiffany Rowell, who helped her fit in with the other students. In 2003, she was voted "Miss Irresistible" by her school's student body. That year, she also began a relationship with 21 year-old Christopher Lee Snider.[1]

Murders[edit]

On July 18, 2003, 17 year-old Paolilla and 21 year-old Snider, went to her friend Tiffany Rowell's house, where Tiffany and Rachael Koloroutis, Tiffany's boyfriend Marcus Precella, and Marcus' cousin Adelbert Sanchez were. According to Paolilla, the couple planned to get drugs at the house, but Snider reportedly got into an argument with Precella, which led to the killings of Rowell, Koloroutis, Precella, and Sanchez.[2]

Apprehension[edit]

More than three years after the murders, the case was still unsolved. In July 2006, after receiving an anonymous tip, police arrested Paolilla inside a San Antonio, Texas hotel room.[2] She was living with her then-husband Justin Rott; the two were heroin addicts who had not left the hotel room in eight months. Initially, Paolilla denied killing her friends. In his interrogation however, Rott told police that Paolilla had confessed to him that she had been an active participant in the murders. He stated that Paolilla had gone back into the house and beat Koloroutis to death with a gun.[1]

Before he could be apprehended by police, Snider committed suicide in Greenville, South Carolina.[3]

Conviction[edit]

On October 13, 2008, Paolilla was convicted of four counts of capital murder. Because she was a juvenile offender at the time of the killings, she was spared the death penalty.[3] The following day, she was sentenced to life in prison.[4] She is currently incarcerated at the Mountain View Unit in Gatesville, Texas and will be eligible for parole in 2046.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mary Fulginiti; Kristin Pisarcik; Miguel Sancho (2009-09-25). "What Made Houston Teen Kill Her Friends?". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  2. ^ a b Mary Fulginiti; Kristin Pisarcik; Miguel Sancho (2009-09-24). "'Miss Irresistible' Denies Killing Friends". Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Woman found guilty of Clear Lake murders". Associated Press. 2008-10-14. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  4. ^ Lezon, Dale (2008-10-14). "Paolilla gets life in 4 Clear Lake slayings". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-12-26. 
  5. ^ http://offender.tdcj.state.tx.us/POSdb2/offenderDetail.action?sid=07188577. Retrieved 2011-12-27.  Missing or empty |title= (help) (Archive)