- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

WOBURN, Mass. (AP) - The son of longtime Boston Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remy pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder for fatally stabbing his girlfriend last year while the couple’s 4-year-old daughter screamed and three neighbors tried to stop him.

Jared Remy, 35, was sentenced to a mandatory life without parole for killing Jennifer Martel, 27.

Remy admitted he killed Martel on Aug. 15 at their Waltham apartment and said he wanted to take responsibility for what he had done.

He described himself as “the bad apple” and called Martel “an angel,” but also appeared to blame Martel.

“I would like you to know that I always told Jen she could leave, but don’t threaten me with my daughter,” he read from a hand-written statement. “That night, Jen had a knife in her hand and threatened me with my daughter, so I killed her.”

His father, a former Red Sox second baseman who has been a color analyst on team broadcasts on the New England Sports Network since 1988, was not in court. Remy’s lawyer, Edward Ryan Jr., said Remy had asked his parents not to attend the hearing.

Remy defended his parents against criticism leveled at them since Martel’s killing and a Boston Globe article earlier this year detailed Remy’s long criminal record and minimal punishment.

“I would like to say blame me for this and not my family,” he said.

Remy said his family members did everything they could to help Martel, whom he said “helped me clean up my act,” but ultimately could not cure him of his “love of drugs.” Remy was referring to his use of steroids and painkillers, his lawyer said after the hearing.

Remy also said, “If you ask my family, they’d rather have me dead than her.”

Remy, a former Red Sox security staffer, was fired by the team in 2008 during a steroid investigation.

“We continue to be heartbroken over Jenn’s death. That will never change,” Remy’s parents, Jerry and Phoebe, said in a statement issued through Ryan.

“No words can express the sorrow we feel for the Martel family,” they said. “We are now focusing our attention on our grandchildren and doing what is best for them.”

Besides the murder charge, Jared Remy pleaded guilty to assault and battery and violating a restraining order. He also pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon for lunging at a man who tried to help Martel as Remy was stabbing her.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa McGovern said the attack came minutes after Martel changed her status on Facebook to read “in a complicated relationship.” She said it is unclear whether Remy saw her posting but, shortly afterward, a neighbor heard the couple’s young daughter scream.

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