Michigan Mom Pleads No Contest To Helping Son Move Woman's Body Parts

WWL Newsroom
January 06, 2020 - 5:34 pm
Barbara Chance and James Chance

Barbara Chance, left, and James Chance (Booking photos)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WWJ/AP) - A Michigan mother accused of helping her son move a woman's dismembered remains pleaded no contest before a trial Monday.

Police said a saw was found in Barbara Chance's Holland, Michigan home.

She faces up to a year in jail.

Ashley Young
Ashley Young (Handout)
Chance's son, Jared Chance, was convicted in September of killing and dismembering Ashley Young, and sentenced in October to at least 100 years in prison

Young, a 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, 2018, in the basement of Chance's Grand Rapids rental home, according to court documents. Police said blood was found on stairs, in Chance’s bathtub and on his pants, and human tissue was discovered in his kitchen sink.

Other remains of the 31-year-old woman haven't been found.

Police quoted Jared Chance as telling a neighbor that he knew how to commit murder and "get away with it." His 100-year sentence exceeded state guidelines, but Judge Mark Trusock said the guidelines don't account for the "level of brutality" in Young's death.

Barbara Chance's husband, James Chance, has also been charged with perjury and accessories after the fact