The man who murdered and dismembered a Seattle mother of three and dumped her body parts in garbage bags pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree murder. John Robert Charlton, 38, still faces sentencing for the murder of 40-year-old Ingrid Lyne in April of 2016. Prosecutors say they intend to recommend the maximum prison sentence of 27 years and nine months, according to The Seattle Times.
Charlton and Lyne met online and had been dating for a month before she was reported missing by her former partner, after he dropped off their three daughters, who were ages 12, 10 and 7 at the time of her murder. While searching her home, Seattle detectives found bits of human flesh and dried blood in her bathtub, as well as a 15-inch pruning and an empty box of plastic garbage bags, according to FOX News.
The same day Lyne was reported missing, body parts including a foot were found in a neighbor’s recycling bin. They belonged to Lyne. Police would later recover more garbage bags containing her remains at a recycling center and in Seattle’s Central District, according to The Seattle Times.
After police picked up Charlton he told detectives that he and Lyne had attended a Seattle Mariners baseball game on Friday, April 8, 2016. He claimed he had gotten so intoxicated he could not remember how they had gotten back to Lyne’s apartment. In court documents cited by FOX News, Charlton said, “he believed they had sex, and said Lyne was acting ‘weird’, but could not or would not provide further details.” He claims he remembers nothing else about the night and that he later woke up after sleeping on the sidewalk in Seattle.
Police noted abrasions and injuries on Charlton’s face, hands and chest at the time of the interview. They also discovered he had a substantial criminal history, including arrests in six different states and convictions for robbery, theft, grand theft motor vehicle, and assault. In 2006 his own parents filed a restraining order against him after he drunkenly tried to provoke a fight with them and also said he had shown them the movie Hannibal, about fictional cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter, and said “Beware,” according to The New York Post.
According to The Seattle Times, Prosecutor Jeff Baird said Lyne’s family had mixed feelings about Charlton’s guilty plea. “In one sense, of course, it spared them anguish of a very graphic and gruesome trial,” Baird said. “On the other hand, I think that there’s something a bit anti-climactic about not having a hearing on what actually was done to Ingrid Lyne.”