Okla. man receives 18 years in 3 children's deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A Del City tow truck driver has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for child neglect in the deaths of his three young children in a recreational vehicle fire.

Christopher Dunham was sentenced Tuesday by Oklahoma County District Judge Jerry Bass. Bass ordered Dunham to serve 18 years on each of three counts of child neglect but allowed him to serve the sentences at the same time.

Dunham was found guilty last month on three counts of child neglect as well as various drug-related offenses. Four-year-old Christopher Dunham Jr., 3-year-old Crystal Dunham and 22-month-old Kailey Dunham died in the Jan. 4, 2011, fire in the broken-down RV where the family lived behind a relative's house.

Dunham's wife, Stephanie Dunham, has pleaded no contest and will be sentenced next month.

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