Michigan Man Gets 100 Years In Prison For Killing, Dismembering Woman

Judge called his actions "reprehensible and heinous"

WWJ News
October 10, 2019 - 4:10 pm
Jared Chance

Jared Chance (Photo: Michigan Department of Corrections)

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GRAND RAPIDS (WWJ/AP) - A Michigan man convicted of killing and dismembering a woman has been sentenced to at least 100 years in prison after a judge called his actions "reprehensible and heinous."

Kristine Young brought her daughter's cremains to court Thursday and told Jared Chance: "I want to rip you limb from limb."

Chance had turned down a plea deal that would have made him eligible for parole after 31 years at age 61. Instead, he chose to go to trial last month and was found guilty of second-degree murder, mutilation of a body, concealing a death and tampering with evidence.

Ashley Young
Ashley Young (Handout)
The 100-year sentence exceeded state guidelines, but Judge Mark Trusock said the guidelines don't account for the "level of brutality" in Ashley Young's death.

Young, a 31-year-old resident of Oshtemo Township, was last seen alive at a liquor store with Chance before her disappearance on Nov. 29, 2018.

Young's torso was found in December in the basement of Chance's Grand Rapids rental home, according to court documents. While other remains haven't been found, police said blood was found on stairs, in Chance’s bathtub and on his pants, and human tissue was discovered in his kitchen sink.

Police quoted Chance as telling a neighbor that he knew how to commit murder and "get away with it." 

Evidence in the case, according to WOOD-TV, included  a receipt police say shows Chance purchased ammonia and beer at the same liquor store after Young went missing, and surveillance video that allegedly shows Chance dumping something into a trash can during his visit. When detectives sifted through the trash, they recovered Young’s purse.

Separately, Chance's parents are charged with perjury and accessories after the fact.