A truck driver begged for forgiveness before he was sentenced to death Wednesday for stabbing to death his two young daughters.
Julian Beltran, 37, of Anaheim was also sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for killing the girl's mother - his ex-girlfriend - after she rejected his attempts at reconciliation.
"My entire existence has been, is and will be sorry for what I did and all the pain I caused. ... I beg all of you to forgive me," Beltran said tearfully in Superior Court."
"Not that it matters much, but if I had been of my right mind, we wouldn't be here right now," he said.
Ken Erlich, one of his attorneys, said the killings were driven by emotions, not committed in cold blood. Beltran had no prior criminal record.
The judge rejected motions for a new trial and to reduce the death sentence.
Beltran was convicted last November of first-degree murder for the killings of Marissa Beltran, 6, and Natalie Beltran, who was nearly 2.
In January, he pleaded no contest to murdering Mariana Michelle Barahona.
Prosecutors said Beltran killed his daughters in Sun Valley in January 2002.
He also stabbed Barahona numerous times, nearly decapitating her, authorities said.
"She was fighting for her life against the man she had looked up to for love, protection and support," prosecutor Andrea Thompson said.