A man who killed and dismembered his parents in a bid to cash in on life insurance benefits has been jailed for life.
Joel Guy Jr, 32, was found guilty of murdering parents Joel Guy Sr., 61, and Lisa Guy, 55, over the 2016 Thanksgiving holiday period.
Gruesome details about the killings were heard at a Tennessee court where jurors were told Guy butchered his parents body parts.
He then tried to chemically dissolve them so they would be easier to dispose of, with responding officers finding Lisa Guy’s head in a boiling pot on the stove.
Prosecutor Leslie Nassos said the killer unsuccessfully attempted to slough off his parents' skin and had stuffed their torsos and limbs into plastic storage containers.
Ms Nassos described the scene as a "diabolical stew of human remains" and had intended for his parents to liquefy.
She said: "The killer put Lisa’s body parts in one, and Joel Sr’s in another, and then he covered them with a corrosive substance, and left them there to liquefy into some sort of diabolical stew of human remains.
"He got out a stockpot, placed her head in the pot, filled it with liquid, carried it over to the stove, covered it, turned on the stove, and left it there to cook."
It took just three hours for the jury to deliberate and was found guilty on two counts of first-degree murder.
The same day Joel Guy Jr. was convicted of murdering his parents, family members appeared in court to deliver victim impact statements about the deaths of Lisa Guy and Joel Guy Sr.
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Joel Guy Jr’s half-sister Angela Crane told the court: "Dad was my best friend.
"And I’ll never get to hear his laugh again. Or his just incredible hugs. I’ll never get to sit and banter with him, and hear the same stories we’ve all heard over and over but they’re still just as hilarious because dad was such a storyteller."
Ms Nassos said the murders were part of a life insurance plot after Guy Jr was found to have taken money from his parents' bank accounts for rent and tuition.
Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword imposed an automatic life sentence but a separate hearing is scheduled for next month to determine if those life terms should be served consecutively.
Joel Guy Jr. had no visible emotional reaction to the victim impact statements. He is due back in court on November 19 for formal sentencing.
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