The man accused of murdering and dismembering Ingrid Lyne and disposing of parts of her body in recycling bins in a Central District neighborhood has pleaded guilty to the grisly 2016 crime.
John Charlton pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Monday morning, the Seattle Times reports.
UPDATE: Here is a statement from the King County Prosecutor on the guilty plea:
John R. Charlton, 38, pled guilty this morning as charged to Murder in the First Degree for the murder of Ingrid Lyne, 40, in April 2016. The defendant also pled guilty to a charge of Theft of a Motor Vehicle for the theft of Lyne’s automobile. The defendant killed the victim and dismembered her body. Her remains were later found in Seattle.
The defendant faces a sentence range of 250 to 333 months in prison. King County Prosecutors will be recommending a top of the range sentence of 333 months. Charlton is scheduled for sentencing for January 5 at 1 p.m. before Judge Julie Spector in courtroom E-815 of the King County Courthouse.
“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.
Charlton, 38, faced a January 2018 trial in the case in which he had pleaded not guilty after being arrested and charged in the murder in the spring of 2016.
Charlton now faces nearly 30 years in prison for killing the 40-year-old Swedish Medical Center nurse and mother inside her Renton home, stealing her car, and dumping her remains in at least two Central District recycling bins.
Seattle Police arrested Charlton in Lake Stevens for Lyne’s murder after a homeowner near 21st and Pine had discovered parts of her body in a recycling bin.
The 1600 block of 21st Ave, where Lyne’s body parts were found, appeared to have only been a random stop for Lyne’s killer and police said that Charlton had no other connection to the neighborhood.