Plea deal offered in Michigan dismemberment case

Jared Chance appears in a Grand Rapids court via video feed on charges for allegedly dismembering a body at his apartment. Photo from WOOD-TV
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) A Western Michigan man charged in the slaying and dismemberment of a 31-year-old woman must decide whether to accept a plea deal requiring he explain what he did with the unrecovered remains.

Jared Chance's trial begins Monday and so he'd have to tell his Kent County judge if he'll plead guilty under prosecutors' proposed deal. Terms include pleading guilty to second-degree murder for a minimum 31-year prison sentence.

As it stands, Chance heads into trial on multiple charges that include murder in the killing of Ashley Young. If convicted on current charges, the 30-year-old faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutors say Chance disposed of Young's remains at different locations. Her torso was found in December in a basement at Chance's Grand Rapids home.