GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The parents of a man who murdered a woman and mutilated her body in 2018 were sentenced for their roles in the case.
James Chance, 78, was sentenced to a month in jail, a year of probation and house arrest with tether for 11 months for accessory after the fact.
Chance’s wife Barbara Chance will spend 45 days in jail for accessory after the fact and perjury. She took a plea deal rather than go to trial like her husband who was acquitted of perjury.
Their son, Jared Chance, is already serving 100 to 200 years in prison for killing Ashley Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township. Her partial remains were found Dec. 2, 2018, in the Grand Rapids house where Jared Chance was renting an apartment. Her head, hands and feet have still not been recovered. James Chance said his son admitted to dumping parts of her body in trash cans around metro Grand Rapids, according to a transcript of his December 2018 interrogation with police.
“My daughter isn’t home. We are still waiting, we’re still looking for the rest of her because of things they chose to do,” said Kristine Young, Ashley’s mom to News 8.
“For this guy to whatever his mindset is, to help a criminal, even if it’s his son. The father and mother knew that he put body parts in that car,” said Ken Young, Ashley’s uncle. “You are going to asks your son or daughter what you are piling in my car? Why do I have to put it in this spot here or this spot here?”
Authorities said James Chance intentionally omitted details about where the family stopped when some of Young’s body parts were in the car, hindering the investigation and recovery of remains. They said a short trip to the Grand Rapids Police Department before Young’s remains were found — when the family left because James Chance wanted his son to have an attorney present before speaking with investigators — was a ruse to buy time.
“If you help or you know of something that happened, a crime and you don’t’ do anything about it. Then you are just as guilty as Jared, as the person who did it. But that wasn’t shown today,” said Dana Nelson, Ashley’s stepmom.