Jared Chance rejects deal in murder, mutilation of Ashley Young


BRIAN:..A JURY HAS BEEN SELECTED IN THE TRIAL OF JARED CHANCE, ACCUSED OF THE MURDER AND MUTILATION OF ASHLEY YOUNG. IT’S A TRIAL THAT THIS MORNING WAS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE CHANCE WAS EXPECTED TO TAKE A PLEA DEAL. 3 BARTON DEITERS IS HERE WITH WHAT HAPPENED TODAY AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT. 3 BARTON:..IT WAS BY MOST ACCOUNTS A PRETTY GOOD DEAL THAT WOULD KEEP GIVE THIS DEFENDANT A MUCH SHORTER MINIMUM SENTENCE THAN HE FACES IF CONVICTED… AND WOULD HAVE SAVED THE FAMILY OF ASHLEY YOUNG THE TRAUMA OF A TRIAL. INSTEAD, THE 30-YEAR-OLD WILL TAKE HIS CHANCE WITH A JURY. 3 ((08:48:09-13)) ((04)) ((JUDGE MARK TRUSOCK, KENT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT)) “IF YOU ARE NOT GUILTY, IT’S REAL SIMPLE, YOU SHOULD SIMPLY GO TO TRIAL.” 3 THE JUDGE LAID OUT HIS OPTIONS AFTER THE KENT COUNTY PROSECUTOR’S OFFICE TOLD THE DEFENDANT HE WOULD BE HEARING FROM 26 WITNESSES, INCLUDING ASHLEY YOUNG’S MOTHER AND THE DEFENDANT’S OWN BROTHER.BUT CHANCE REMAINED SEEMINGLY UNMOVED AS HE HAS THROUGHOUT ALL THE HEARINGS HE HAS ATTENDED AND TOLD THE JUDGE QUIETLY THAT HE WOULD BE GOING TO TRIAL. HE ALSO FOUND OUT TODAY THAT HE WILL NOT BE FACING FIRST-DEGREE MURDER CHARGES THAT COULD HAVE PUT HIM IN PRISON FOR LIFE WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE. THE PROSECUTION DECIDED TO GO WITH CHARGES OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER, MUTILATION OF A BODY, CONCEALING THE DEATH OF A PERSON AND THREE COUNTS OF TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE AS A HABITUAL OFFENDER. HIS GUIDELINES CALL FOR A SENTENCE OF 27 TO 87 YEARS IN PRISON AS A MINIMUM AND UP TO LIFE AS A MAXIMUM.THE DEAL HE TURNED DOWN WOULD HAVE CAPPED THE MINIMUM SENTENCE AT 31 YEARS. 3 THIS MORNING, A JURY WAS SELECTED MADE UP OF 11 WOMEN AND THREE MEN, TWO OF THOSE PEOPLE WILL BE DISMISSED BEFORE DELIBERATION BEGINS. 3 ((08:47:59-48:08)) ((09)) ((JUDGE MARK TRUSOCK, KENT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT)) “YOU’RE AN ADULT, YOUR ATTORNEY SAYS YOU’RE AN INTELLIGENT, ARTICULATE INDIVIDUAL, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS AND LIVE WITH THOSE CHOICES.” 3 BARTON:..IF CHANCE HAD TAKEN THE PLEA, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO SAY WHAT HE DID WITH THE REMAINS OF YOUNG THAT HAVEN’T BEEN FOUND.AT 6, WE HEAR MORE ABOUT WHAT EVIDENCE JARED CHANCE WILL FACE WHEN THE TRIAL STARTS TOMORROW MORNING. IN STUDIO CONTROL, BDE NEWS 8

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