Man sentenced to prison in wife’s death; kids still missing

FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Erin Justice appears during a video arraignment on murder charges in 36th District Court in Detroit. The Detroit man whose two children remain missing faces sentencing after pleading guilty to a reduced murder charge in the slaying of his estranged wife. Justice earlier this month at first declined the offer to plead guilty to second-degree murder instead of face trial on charges including first-degree murder, but later accepted the plea agreement. Justice faces 45 to 80 years in prison for the murder charge when sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Charles V. Tines, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Erin Justice appears during a video arraignment on murder charges in 36th District Court in Detroit. The Detroit man whose two children remain missing faces sentencing after pleading guilty to a reduced murder charge in the slaying of his estranged wife. Justice earlier this month at first declined the offer to plead guilty to second-degree murder instead of face trial on charges including first-degree murder, but later accepted the plea agreement. Justice faces 45 to 80 years in prison for the murder charge when sentenced Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Charles V. Tines, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

DETROIT (AP) – A Detroit man was sentenced to between 45 and 80 years in prison on Tuesday for the slaying of his estranged wife last year, though their two children remain missing.

Erin Justice pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the slaying of 27-year-old Alicia Fox. He was given an additional two years for using a firearm during a felony.

Justice “destroyed so many lives,” Fox’s mother said in a victim impact statement.

“This devil disguised himself as an angel,” Travae Fox said. “Came right in our homes and ate from our plates and drank from our glasses.”

Justice sat emotionless in the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice and stared ahead as Fox spoke about how she and her family suffered over her daughter’s death and the disappearance of the children, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Fox was found fatally shot in an abandoned house in June 2014, a month after she and the children were reported missing. Justice’s stepdaughter, Kaylah Hunter, was 6 years old, while the couple’s son, Kristian Justice, was 8 months old.

Justice didn’t say anything about the children during Tuesday’s hearing. The 29-year-old man initially declined the plea deal, but later accepted to avoid going to trial on charges that included first-degree murder.

Justice hasn’t been charged in connection with the missing children. The investigation into their disappearance is ongoing and Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Trisha Gerard vowed to “continue to seek justice” for the Fox family.

“The irony that this defendant’s last name is Justice has never escaped me once,” Gerard said.

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