TWO brothers have been convicted of grizzly murder and dismembering their cousin.
Jareau Afo, 28, admitted killing 27-year-old Derrick Ray Wily and tricking his brother Jordan, 31, into helping him dump the body in a swamp.
According to KING 5, Jareau has now been sentenced to 20 years in prison for first-degree murder.
His brother faces five years in prison for helping to dispose of corpses.
Malynn Foster, Derrick’s mother, read a victim’s testimony at the sentencing hearing, in which she spoke of her agonizing 757-day wait for justice.
“When I first wake up, I don’t remember that he’s dead,” she said.
“Then, as I start to ground myself in my first moments of consciousness, I remember he’s dead … they killed my little boy.”
Foster said the conviction gave her an opportunity to close and highlighted systemic problems in the justice system for victims like her.
“I feel like the judge heard us today. I have the feeling that the system worked today. And while I feel like the system doesn’t always work, not just for our people, but for people of color, but for all people, today it worked,” she said.
Derrick was a member of the Squaxin Island tribe, a local indigenous tribe.
Members of the tribe were outside the court as the judge announced the verdict.
“We have a responsibility as indigenous people to sing our songs and gather together,” said tribesman Jaimie Cruz.
“He was a young warrior and he will never experience or accomplish what he was here to do.”
According to court documents obtained by the Shelton-Mason County Journal, the brothers were in a months-long argument with their cousin before it turned violent.
According to the documents, the younger brother instigated much of the violence.
“Jareau said Jordan never actually dropped it,” a Shelton Police Department wrote in a police report.
“Jordan said that Jareau thought he had withdrawn from Derrick and that Derrick was being disrespectful.”
According to court documents, Jareau, Jordan and Wily were all at a gathering at their home when the murder took place.
Jordan told police he left his brother and cousin for a few minutes and when he returned Wily was dead.
Jareau later admitted that he strangled his cousin.
He then dismembered Derrick, and a few days later Jordan took the remains to the junkyard in plastic bags and buried them.
Family members reported that Derrick went missing three days before Thanksgiving in 2020.
Jordan led police to his cousin’s body that same day, which was found in numerous trash bags and a white cooler.
The discovery of Derrick’s body led to the brothers’ arrest.
The two pleaded guilty in late November and received their verdicts on Tuesday.
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