Man pleads guilty in murder, dismemberment of Renton mom
SEATTLE -- John Charlton pleaded guilty Monday to the murder of Ingrid Lyne, a Renton mother of three who was dismembered.
Her body parts were found in a Seattle recycling bin in April 2016.
He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and and theft of a motor vehicle. Charlton admitted that he strangled her in her home.
In Charlton's statement, read by Jeff Baird, deputy prosecuting attorney, he admitted that he "manually strangled Ingrid Lyne for several minutes until she was dead." He also admitted to taking her car.
He will be sentenced Jan. 5. He faces a sentence range of 250 to 333 months in prison.
“Our community was shocked by the senseless murder of Ingrid Lyne,” said King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg. “We have charged the most serious crimes we could under the law, and now that this defendant has pled guilty, we will be recommending the maximum prison sentence,” he added.
Monday's plea was the result of negotiations. Baird, the prosecutor, said in an interview that he had mixed feelings about the plea deal.
"It spared them (Lyne's family) of the anguish of a very graphic and gruesome trial," Baird said. "On other hand it's a bit anticlimactic about not having a hearing on what actually was done to Ingrid Lyne ... I hope ultimately they will be relieved."
Authorities say Charlton killed Lyne, then drove her head, an arm with a hand, a lower leg and a foot from suburban Renton to Seattle this weekend and dumped them.
Lyne had planned to go on a date to a Mariners baseball game, friends said, and a neighbor told detectives she had been dating a man named John.
Lyne was reported missing the next morning when her ex-husband arrived to drop off their kids and found she wasn't home.
Charlton told authorities the couple had been dating for about a month and they attended the baseball game and then returned to her house, but he was so intoxicated he couldn't remember what happened.
Charlton said he ended up spending the night on a street in Seattle but couldn't recall how he got there. He had injuries to his lips and chin, scratches on his chest and abrasions on his forehead and hand, police said.
Seattle detectives discovered a 15-inch pruning saw near the bathtub at Lyne's home and an empty box of plastic garbage bags identical to the type from the recycling bin that contained the remains, court documents say.
This story includes material from The Associated Press.