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Appeals court upholds 100-year sentence for ‘very evil individual’ in murder, dismemberment

A judge sentenced Jared Chance to serve between 100 and 200 years for the murder of Ashley Young, whose partial remains were found in a Grand Rapids home.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A man in prison for a 2018 murder and dismemberment in Grand Rapids has lost a bid to have his conviction and sentence overturned.

A jury found Jared Chance guilty of several counts, including second-degree murder, for the death of Ashley Young at his apartment house on Franklin Street SE.

A judge called Chance “evil’’ before sentencing him to between 100-200 years for murder.

In his appeal, Chance said jurors should have been allowed to consider the lesser offense of involuntary manslaughter. He also said Judge Mark Trusock’s sentence was too harsh. Chance also took exception to the judge calling him “a very evil individual.”  

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In the end, the three-judge panel rejected all of Chance’s arguments and upheld the conviction and sentence.

Chance, who turns 32 later this month, is at a state prison in Saginaw County.

The death of Ashley Young garnered national attention due to the macabre circumstances. She was last seen alive on Nov. 28, 2018; her remains were discovered four days later.

Grand Rapids police were called to Chance's rental home after his neighbor found a bloody tarp in the basement. 

Young's torso was found beneath the tarp. Police recovered her arms and legs from a cardboard box on a stairway landing.

The victim's hands, feet and head have not been recovered.

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