Kansas man found living in storage unit with dismembered wife, two malnourished children gets 9 years in prison
A man who was found in a Kansas storage unit with his two young children and the remains of his dismembered wife has been sentenced to nine years in prison over charges unrelated to his wife's death.
Justin Rey, 36, was found guilty of three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, as well as misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and contributing to a child's misconduct, according to the Houston Chronicle.
However, the exploitation charges did not stem from his children but were from photos of teenagers found on his phone after he asked investigators to look at it for evidence that he thought might help him during his trial.
We previously reported that Lenexa Police found the remains of Rey's wife across several containers in a Kansas storage facility after they called to the scene on a report suggesting someone was staying there with two small children, a two-year-old and a newborn baby.
When questioned, Rey initially claimed his wife was in Arizona, before backtracking and claiming that she committed suicide and also that she died due to complications of childbirth.
Lenexa police detective Shannon Murphy said Rey made his children pose for photographs with their mother's body before "skinning her like a fish" and flushing down body parts that did not fit into the containers.
Other officers who responded to the scene said the older two-year-old looked "pale, had bags under her eyes, and had thinning hair," with one testifying and suggesting she "almost looked like she had cancer." The newborn was said to be suffering from a serious eye infection as well.
Deputy Johnson County Coroner Charles Glenn testified that there were a number of stab wounds and incised wounds on the parts he stored, but said it wasn't possible to tell if the injuries were inflicted before or after her death or even determine the cause of her death.
Rey admitted to dismembering his wife "under religious views" in a letter dated June 23 and claimed he only did so as preparation to take the remains to Arizona for a religious ceremony on a Native American reservation.
He also insisted that he did not endanger his children and that they were "perfectly healthy."
On the matter of him not calling the authorities about his dead wife, he said he didn't want them to "steal more children" and that and his wife had six children together, and that police had "stolen our children before."
Rey was also charged with abandonment of a corpse in Missouri and with murder in the death of Sean Ty Ferel, a California man who disappeared after vacationing with the 36-year-old in 2016 and whose blood was detected in the trunk of his vehicle.
Rey said that, like his wife, Ferel had died of natural causes and that he had burned him in Arizona in the same type of ceremony he planned for his wife.
Besides the nine-year prison sentence, Rey will also be required to register as a sex offender as part of his sentence.