Jared Remy pleads guilty to first-degree murder, accepts life sentence

May 27, 2014 - 6:47 am
Jared Remy appeared in Middlesex County Superior Court in Woburn on Tuesday morning and entered a plea of guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Jennifer Martel last August, acknowledging that he accepts a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Remy, the 35-year-old son of longtime NESN Red Sox analyst Jerry Remy, also pleaded guilty to other charges, including assault and battery. Quizzed by Judge Kathe Tuttman about whether he understood the charges to which he was admitting, a handcuffed Remy calmly answered, "Yes, I do." Asked if he understood that first-degree murder carries a penalty of mandatory life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, Remy answered, "Yes, I understand." Remy, who had pleaded not guilty in previous court proceedings, stared silently and motionless at assistant district attorney Lisa McGovern as she recounted the events surrounding Martel's death, including an attack two days earlier that led to Remy's arrest and Martel filing a restraining order that she chose to not renew the following day. She also described in detail the brutal knife attack on Martel at the Waltham apartment they shared with their young daughter. Asked if he disagreed with any part of the description of the facts by the assistant DA, Remy said yes, claiming of Martel: "She had a knife in her hand. She was threatening me about my daughter." The judge noted that Remy is suffering from depression, but the medication he is taking as part of his treatment did not provide reason for her to not accept his guilty plea. After a recess, Tuttman sentenced Remy to life in prison without parole. "I would like to say, blame me for this and not my family," Remy said before his sentencing, adding: "If you asked my family, they'd rather have me dead than her." He also repeated his claim that Martel chose to "threaten me with my daughter," saying: "I don't think it's right when women use their kids against their fathers." Martel's parents, Brian and Patty, submitted a statement that was read by a family lawyer in court. "Our lives will never be the same," the statement read. "It doesn't seem real. It's a nightmare." According to other media reports, Jerry Remy -- who was absent from Monday's Red Sox game in Atlanta -- was not in the courtroom as per a request from his son.