Jared Eng, 25, pleaded guilty to the murder of Paula Chin, 65, in the apartment they shared in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan, court documents show.
16 Sep (News) — A New York City man pleaded guilty Friday to murdering his own mother over his $11,000 inheritance in January 2019.
He faces a minimum sentence of 18 years to life imprisonment during his sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 18, court filings show.
Eng punched and slashed his mother during an argument while one of his friends, Jennifer Lopez, with whom he was in a polyamorous relationship, helped him sanitize the apartment.
One of his friends, Jennifer Lopez, then allegedly helped him sanitize the apartment with the help of one of two women he was in a polyamorous relationship with, the New York Post reported at the time.
The couple then reportedly took Chin’s remains to a home in Morristown, New Jersey, where they reportedly met Caitlyn O’Roure, Eng’s other lover.
O’Rourke reportedly helped Eng and Lopez dump his mother’s body in a dumpster, which police found with multiple stab wounds and signs of a blunt impact to her head.
Police also found bloody rubber gloves and duct tape in the two homes, as well as text messages from Lopez to O’Rourke telling her the Tribeca apartment had been cleaned.
In other text messages, Eng said that “it’s done” and “I’m free,” and that he’s “got rid of it.” [his] problem,” the prosecutor said.
Eng had then denied killing Chin and told police he went to New Jersey to retrieve a coin collection he kept at a family home to pay rent.
Court records show that O’Rourke and Lopez were arrested for their alleged roles in the murder and cover-up and charged with lesser crimes, including concealing a human corpse and obstructing law enforcement.
“This was a brutal and shocking murder of the defendant’s own mother, and while nothing can undo this tragedy, today’s guilty plea represents an important step toward justice,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said in a statement on Friday.
“My thoughts are with those who continue to mourn Ms. Chin’s loss.”