Girlfriend of Man Accused of Mutilating Corpse Pleads Guilt to Lesser Charges
(Gillette, Wyo.) A woman accused of obstruction of justice regarding a case in which police discovered two mutilated bodies in the truck and storage unit of the woman’s boyfriend has plead guilty.
Kylee Collins entered a plea agreement today in Campbell County District Court. Collins admitted that in Sept. 2016, when questioned by police about two missing persons, she told them she had no knowledge of their whereabouts.
“And I lied,” she told District Court Judge Thomas Rumpke during today’s hearing.
Rumpke scheduled sentencing for April 24 at the request of County Attorney Nathan Henkes, who said the families of the victims would like an opportunity to speak.
In January, Collins’ boyfriend Michael Montano plead no contest to two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of mutilation of dead bodies.
Montano is accused of killing Jody Fortuna, 38, and Phillip Brewer, 33. Police discovered their mutilated corpses in the back of Montano’s truck and in a storage unit he rented.
Collins was originally charged with being an accessory to murder after the fact and two counts of conspiracy to mutilate a corpse.
Collins’ attorney Steven Titus also requested conditional release until sentencing to allow her to pursue in-patient drug treatment at a facility in Sheridan. Titus said Collins had engaged in “substantial substance abuse” during the days she was with Montano.
“I think treatment will allow her to become a functional member of society,” Titus told the judge.
Henkes argued that, while he supported her getting treatment for any drug problems, conditional release was not appropriate in this case.
“There’s a purpose behind jail time,” he said.
Rumpke denied the request for conditional release, saying that Collins’ evaluations had showed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder involving the killings of Fortuna and Brewer, as well as another case involving a death.
Since the facility in Sheridan is not designed to treat co-occurring disorders, it would not be “appropriate” in fully treating Collins’ diagnoses, Rumpke said.
Collins faces a year in jail on each account, which will be served consecutively.