Mom pleads no contest to helping son in body parts case

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Barbara Chance, mother of Jared Chance, who was found guilty in the 2018 slaying and dismemberment of Ashley Young, appears at the Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. She pleaded no contest to charges that she lied to police and helped her son cover up the murder of Young. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan mother accused of helping her son move the dismembered remains of a woman pleaded no contest before a trial Monday.

Barbara Chance faces up to a year in jail. Chance’s son, Jared Chance, was convicted in September of killing and dismembering Ashley Young. Young’s torso was found in December 2018 in the basement of his Grand Rapids rental home. Other remains of the 31-year-old woman haven’t been found.

Police say a saw was found in Barbara Chance’s Holland home. Her husband also has been charged.

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