GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A plea agreement is on the table in the murder case of Jared Chance, who’s accused of killing and dismembering Ashley Young in his Grand Rapids apartment late last year.
The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office has offered Chance a deal that would allow him to avoid a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole as long as he tells the whole story of what happened to Young.
Chance is accused of killing Young, 31, of Oshtemo Township, and then cutting up her body and disposing of the remains in various locations. Part of the body was found Dec. 2, 2018, after Chance’s neighbors noticed an odd smell, went to the basement to investigate and found a tarp leaking blood.
The proposed deal calls for Chance to make a full confession, including revealing what happened to Young’s head, hands and feet, which haven’t been found.
Also under the terms of the deal, Chance would plead to second-degree murder, tampering with evidence, mutilation of a dead body and concealing the death. In exchange, he would get a minimum sentence of 31 years in prison with a maximum sentence to be determined by Kent County Circuit Court Judge Mark Trusock.
A plea hearing is expected to be held Monday morning, the same day Chance, 30, was scheduled to go to trial.
In a jailhouse interview weeks after the murder, Chance apologized to Young’s mother and told News 8, “I don’t know what to do here.”
“The situation is… I don’t know what to do, so. I don’t know what to say or do,” he said.
Chance’s parents James and Barbara Chance were charged with felony perjury and being accessories after the fact for allegedly helping their son get away with the killing. He was with them after authorities say Young died and a saw that had human blood on it was found in their Holland home. Chance’s parents have both pleaded not guilty; it’s unclear if their cases will be in any way affected by their son’s deal.