No 2nd perjury trial for convicted killer’s dad

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Kent County prosecutor will not seek a retrial against James Chance, the father of convicted killer Jared Chance.

Earlier this month, a jury found James Chance guilty of being an accessory after the fact in the dismemberment of Ashley Young, who his son was convicted of murdering.

The jury found James Chance not guilty of one count of perjury and deadlocked on a second count of perjury.

“I have decided that we will not re-try James Chance for the remaining perjury offense,” Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker announced in a Friday statement.

Becker said the two statements his team claimed were lies were connected and that because Chance had already been acquitted of one of the perjury counts, his team likely couldn’t manage a conviction on the second one.

Sentencing guidelines in Chance’s case call for no more than six months in jail for the accessory charge. A perjury conviction could have sent him to prison for life. He was allowed to remain free on bond pending sentencing on March 11.

His son, Jared Chance, will spend the rest of his life in prison for killing Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township, whose partial remains were found in his Grand Rapids home in December 2018. His father told investigators that Jared Chance left other remains in trash cans around metro Grand Rapids.

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