By Doug Saffir | Boston.com Staff
At a pre-trial hearing in Middlesex County Superior Court today, the prosecution announced that they reached an agreement with Jared Remy for him to plead guilty in the murder of his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jennifer Martel, at their Waltham, Mass. apartment last summer. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
In a statement after his sentencing, Remy said “blame me for this, not my family.” The Boston Globe reported that he also said, “And if you asked my family, they’d rather have me dead than her.”
Remy, the son of Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy, stabbed and killed Martel last August, one day after being released on his own recognizance following an arrest for pushing Martel into a mirror. The couple’s 4-year-old daughter was home at the time of the fatal attack.
Before the plea could be finalized, Judge Kathe Tuttman asked Remy, 35, to step forward to discuss his mental health. Remy was asked to confirm that he understood the charges against him and the penalties that would come with those charges. He confirmed that he understood the charges meant he committed the act with “extreme atrocity or cruelty” and “deliberate premeditation.” He also confirmed that he would accept his life sentence.
Remy did ask to clarify the court’s understanding of the events that led to Martel’s death. He claimed that Martel had a knife and was threatening to take their daughter prior to the attack. After today’s proceedings, The Boston Globe’s Maria Cramer reported that Remy’s attorney said Remy will not have a relationship with his daughter.
According to a report from WHDH producer Brad Tatum, Remy asked his parents to not attend the hearing today.
Remy also pleaded guilty to assault and battery, violating a restraining order, and other charges, some of which stemmed from multiple violent altercations while he was being held in prison. Two charges, assault and battery as well as assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, were dismissed after Remy’s attorney argued they were covered under the murder charge.