MEDFORD, Ore. — The man who pleaded guilty to killing his wife and four children will spend the rest of his life in prison. Jordan Criado was sentenced in Jackson County Court on Monday afternoon.
The sentence brings the case to an end nearly 2 years after he was arrested for killing his wife Tabasha and their four young children, but for Tabasha’s father, there won’t be closure until Jordan Criado makes amends for what he did.
Judge Lorenzo Mejia sentenced Criado to life in prison on five counts of aggravated murder, along with a charge of arson. Prosecutors said Criado killed Tabasha, along with children Elijah, Isaac, Andrew and Aurora at their home in July 2011.
In court, Criado again admitted to killing Tabasha but denied killing the children. Tabasha’s father Willie Johnson said Jordan needs to stop lying to himself and said there will not be any closure until Jordan comes to terms with the murders.
“What I would really like to see is Jordan turn his life around, and try to make something positive come out of this. Even though he’s going to be in prison the rest of his life,” said Johnson.
Prosecutors painted the picture of Jordan Criado being jealous and manipulative, and said the murders were his reaction to learning Tabasha was leaving him. Judge Mejia said in court that Criado did a disservice to the memory of his family by continuing to deny killing the children and he said he has no doubt that Criado was responsible that morning.
Monday’s sentencing is the latest step in a nearly 2-year-old case. In July 2011, crews responded to a house fire on west 10th Street. They pulled 6 people out of the house and attempted to perform CPR.
Tabasha Criado and her four young children all died. Autopsies later revealed that Tabasha, 6-year-old Isaac and 5-year-old Andrew died of stab wounds, while 7-year-old Elijah and 2-year-old Aurora died of smoke inhalation from the fire.
Jordan Criado survived, and was taken to a hospital, where he spent weeks unresponsive on a ventilator. He was named the main suspect, and was arrested when he was released from the hospital. Last month, Criado entered an Alford guilty plea for the five murders, which means he does not admit to the crimes but says it could have been proven at trial.