Plea deal offered in western Michigan dismemberment case

September 8, 2019 GMT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan man charged in the slaying and dismemberment of a 31-year-old woman must decide whether to accept a plea deal offered by prosecutors that would require a full confession and details about what he did with the unrecovered remains.

Jared Chance is due to stand trial starting Monday.

Under terms of the proposed deal, Chance would plead guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of Ashley Young in return for a minimum 31-year prison sentence. As it is under current charges that include murder, he would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.


Prosecutors say the 30-year-old disposed of Young’s remains at various locations. Her torso was found Dec. 2 in the basement of Chance’s rental home in Grand Rapids, but other body parts have never been recovered. Young, of Oshtemo Township, was last seen alive on Nov. 29.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker disclosed the proposed deal Friday, saying it was offered after consulting Young’s family. If Chance accepts the deal, it would still be up to Kent County Judge Mark Trusock to set a maximum potential sentence.

In addition to murder, Chance, the son of a retired police officer, is also charged with mutilating a body, concealing a death and tampering with evidence.