Headline lead in all the local news today, as reported by the Boston Globe:
Jared Remy, the son of one of New England’s most famous sports figures, pleaded guilty today to first-degree murder for savagely killing his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, in their Waltham home last August, while the couple’s distraught 4-year-old daughter looked on.
Remy, son of Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, entered his guilty plea before Middlesex Superior Court Judge Kathe Tuttman. The judge sentenced him to life in prison without parole.
“I would like to say, ‘Blame me for this and not my family,’” Remy said just before his sentencing. He said Martel and his family “both loved each other and I’m the bad apple. And if you asked my family, they’d rather have me dead than her.”
At the same time, he sounded a chilling note, saying that he had warned Martel not to “threaten me with my daughter” and he had attacked her because she had.
“I don’t think it’s right when women use their kids against their fathers,” he said…
Remy killed Martel on Aug. 15, 2013, an attack that took place while their daughter, Arianna, screamed for help. The murder came a day after Remy, charged with threatening Martel, had been released without a request for bail by Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office.
The case raised questions about prosecutors’ handling of the case and about a system that had failed for years to stop Remy. The Globe reported that Remy, 35, had terrorized five different girlfriends starting when he was 17 and that courts had repeatedly let him off with little more than probation and his promises to stay out of trouble, promises that were rarely kept…
Remy said he accepted the account of the crime given by the prosecutor, but just wanted to make one addition: “She had a knife in her hands and she was threatening me about my daughter,” he said.
Outside the courthouse, Remy’s defense attorney, Edward Ryan, said, “It’s clear to me he snapped that night. He is not a cold-blooded killer.”
Asked about Remy’s calm demeanor in the courtroom, Ryan said, “He does get it. He is remorseful, but he’s not essentially expressive.”…
Full story, with multiple sidebars, at the link. According to the multiple adult witnesses, Martel did not have a knife — she was frantically attempting to escape with her life, after Remy apparently decided (like hundreds of other domestic murderers before him) that “threatening to take [his] daughter” — his property! — was a crime deserving an immediate death penalty.
Here’s video from a local station, WCVB. This is not a man who understands the word “remorse”. (He’s already been indicted for attacking another inmate, reportedly because he’s appointed himself “an avenger” against criminals who do really bad things, unlike Jared Remy, who is just one of life’s misunderstood strong honest men.)
If the news stories are correct, Remy’s parents have spent the last thirty years covering up for their violent substance-abusing kid, using their money and influence to buy his freedom over and over. Eventually they found a desperate teenage girl from a white-trash (Remy’s words) family they could bribe and threaten into serving as the obedient concubine fulfilling Jared’s needs for control and dominance that a Real Doll couldn’t quite handle. But today’s guilty plea means his old man can keep his job as The Beloved Voice of the Red Sox without a lot of unpleasant radio chatter… and, of course, the elder Remys’ visitation rights with their granddaughter.