A Washington man was sentenced on Friday to nearly 28 years in prison for the murder and dismemberment of his date, a mother of three, The Seattle Times reported.
John Robert Charlton, 39, pleaded guilty in the 2016 premeditated murder of Ingrid Lyne, 40, after her body parts were discovered wrapped in garbage bags over a series of days, in three different locations throughout Seattle. Some of her body parts have never been found.
“I agree there are no words that can alleviate the pain I’ve caused,” Charlton said during his sentencing. “For that, I’m truly sorry.”
Lyne, a nurse, “lived life large, even though she was petite,” said King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector, adding, “I feel like I’ve come to know her in some small way.”
“What you did was vicious and cruel beyond anyone’s belief,” she said, adding that she would give him a life sentence if state law allowed it.
Charlton and Lyne met on a dating site and had been seeing each other for about a month in spring 2016 when Lyne went missing after a date the couple had gone on, the Times reported.
Charlton told police he got drunk on the date (a Seattle Mariners game), and that he he woke the next morning on a sidewalk in Seattle.
"Charlton claimed that he had been so intoxicated on Friday night that he could not recall how he and Lyne returned to her residence after the Mariners game, or what transpired when they got there," court documents said, according to Q13 Fox. "He said he believed they had sex, and said Lyne was acting 'weird', but could not or would not provide further details."
Lyne’s car was later found near where Charlton woke up, and the day Lyne went missing, a man found human remains in his recycling bin, according to court records.
In the following days, more of Lyne's remains were found in a cooler and at a recycling center.
After a search of Lyne's home, detectives discovered a saw in the bathroom and flesh and blood in the drains, which led them to believe she had been killed and dismembered in the bathtub.
Charlton was arrested on April 11, 2016, three days after Lyne went missing. He told police that he was homeless, an alcoholic and “not a normal person,” charging documents showed.
A motive for the killing has not been released by investigators. During his guilty plea, Charlton admitted to strangling Lyne in her home in 2016.
He has a criminal history in six states, including convictions for aggravated robbery, fourth-degree assault, felony theft, grand theft motor vehicle, fourth-degree assault and third-degree larceny, Q13 found. He has reportedly also been arrested for burglary.
Lyne is the mother of three daughters with her ex-husband, Phil Lyne. They were only 10, 8 and 6 at the time of Lyne’s death.
"The defendant took something that weekend that didn't belong to him," Phil Lyne said in court. "He took a friend, a niece, a cousin, an auntie, a sister, a daughter and a mother."
“Our daughters continue to thrive but they miss their mother every day,” Lyne added.