GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The mother of a man convicted of the 2018 murder and dismemberment of 31-year-old Ashley Young has pleaded no contest to the charges she faced.
Barbara Chance entered her plea Monday morning just before her and her husband's trial was set to begin. Barbara and James Chance were charged with perjury and accessory after the fact to a felony. Investigators say the parents lied to police and helped their son, Jared Chance, dispose of Young's body parts. Jared Chance was sentenced to 100 to 200 years in prison for the murder.
Young's murder garnered national attention due to the macabre circumstances. She was last seen alive on Nov. 28, 2018; her remains were discovered four days later, although her hands, feet and head have not been found.
Kent County Judge Paul Denenfeld said Barbara's sentence will not exceed a year in jail unless more information about her involvement in the crime comes to light. She will be sentenced in February.
James' trial proceeded Monday morning beginning with jury selection.
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