Parents lied to cops to protect son who killed a woman, mutilated her and hid parts of her body at their home
76-year-old James Howard Chance and 63-year-old Barbara Louise Chance have been charged with being accessories after the fact and perjury in the death of 30-year-old Ashley Young
The parents of a man accused of murdering a woman and mutilating her body before hiding it at his home have been charged with perjury after it emerged that they were aware of the existence of the body and didn't report it to the police. A probable cause affidavit states that 76-year-old James Howard Chance and 63-year-old Barbara Louise Chance did not bring their knowledge about their 29-year-old son Jared Chance's alleged crime to the police and purposefully gave false testimony to help him escape justice.
According to Oxygen, Jared was arrested and charged in connection to 30-year-old Ashley Young's in Holland, Michigan, on December 2. His crime came to light after a tenant in the lower level of his rental unit noticed a tarp leaking blood in their shared basement and reported it to the police. On investigation, they discovered an eviscerated body that was later determined to belong to Young via DNA testing.
Young had reportedly gone missing on November 29 after last being seen with Jared at Mulligan's Pub in Eastown, Michigan. Photo evidence proved they were together that night, making the 29-year-old the primary suspect in her death. And while police have not yet charged him in her murder, they have charged him with mutilation of a body and concealing a death.
MLive cited an affidavit that stated the parents were aware their son had "cut Ashley Young's body into multiple pieces and hid some of the pieces" the day before his arrest. It accused the two of failing to "inform the proper authorities of Ashley Young's death and dismemberment." It said the couple, despite being at the police headquarters on the day the remains were found, failed to offer up their knowledge on the case.
Both parents were subsequently charged with being accessories after the fact for knowing Jared "had committed the felony and with the intent to aid the offender in avoiding or escaping detection, arrest, trial, and punishment." Court records accused them of committing perjury for making false statements under oath during questioning in a prosecutor's subpoena. It is believed the father lied about the time of day he, his wife, and his son left Grand Rapids to return to Holland, and the mother lied about the last time she spoke with her son.
Speaking about the charges, Kent County prosecutor Chris Becker told WoodTV, "Accessory after the fact is somebody that helps and didn't necessarily participate directly in the crime, but does something afterward to help, to help the person that committed the crime evade capture or detection. Perjury is you lied under oath... We're alleging they made false statements while under oath. It's not a mistake, it's an intentional false statement."
The accessory charge the parents are facing could see them sentenced to five years behind bars while the perjury charge is punishable by up to a life in prison. They were released from the Kent County Jail after posting a bond of $25,000 each and are due back in court for a probable cause conference on December 26.
Jared is being held at the Kent County Jail on a $750,000 bond, with his probable cause conference scheduled for December 18.