Jared Remy's Horrifying History Of Second Chances

Jared Remy should never have been allowed near Jennifer Martel, the girlfriend and mother of his child, who the son of the longtime Red Sox broadcaster is accused of stabbing to death last summer. He should have been locked up in prison for any of his dozens of previous run-ins with the law, including allegations of violence against five of his girlfriends.

I implore you to read Eric Moskowitz's immaculately reported Globe story on Remy's legal history. It'll make you at turns angry, sad, and frustrated at a justice system that caters to the rich. Here's the nut:

Jared Remy was the king of second chances. A review of hundreds of pages of court files and police records revealed accounts that he terrorized five different girlfriends starting when he was 17, and that courts repeatedly let him off with little more than probation and his promise to stay out of trouble. He rarely did.

Now 35, Remy has been arrested or brought to court as the defendant in 20 different criminal cases, mostly for charges of violence against, or intimidation of, women, including his pending case for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, Jennifer Martel, in Waltham last August.

Remy has been found guilty just twice, and both times his lawyer persuaded a judge to let him walk with a suspended sentence, defying the wishes of prosecutors.

Often he benefited from victims who did not want to testify, whether from fear or forgiveness, leading prosecutors to drop the case. But even when cases seemed airtight, judges often rewarded Remy with a nearly free pass — temporary probation without the stain of a guilty finding. Most offenders are lucky to get two such reprieves. He got six.

The picture painted of Jared Remy is that of a steroid- and drug-fueled rage monster, snapping over the slightest provocations and lashing out at those around him. Even as a young man, he left school over what his classmates recalled as aggression issues. At 17, he made harassing phone calls to an ex-girlfriend, and threatened to shoot her new boyfriend. At 18, he allegedly instigated a beating that left a 15-year-old boy with irreversible brain damage.

There is a 20-year trail of criminal activity, helpfully broken down by the Globe in this interactive timeline. It includes incidents from his four years working for the Red Sox, during which he racked up a number of citations and arrests that would have cost anyone else their job.

By the time the Red Sox won the 2004 World Series, Remy had amassed 15 criminal cases and at least nine speeding tickets and five accidents, according to state Registry of Motor Vehicles records. Still, that February, he was assigned to escort the new World Series trophy to the Berkshires for an appearance. He got pulled over doing 92 on the Pike, according to RMV records.

In November 2005, he dragged McMahon down stairs and beat her so badly he broke her nose, bloodied her lip, and left a welt around one eye, Waltham police wrote in a report that noted Remy fled to his parents' house. Arrested there, he admitted to officers, "I slapped her around" — but dismissed the likely consequences as just "another year of probation," according to the police report.

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After 81 days in the Middlesex Jail, Remy waived his right to trial and offered to plead guilty....In jail, being Jerry's son made him a hero, Guyette recalled Remy boasting. "He'd brag about giving away his dad's autograph" for favors, she said. "Having a full canteen, getting guys to shave his back."

When he got out in January 2006, Remy's Fenway job would be waiting for him.

Remy would finally lose his job in 2008, after he was implicated in an MLB steroid investigation.

In the records, there is no indication that Remy's parents took any actions regarding their time bomb of a son, beyond providing him with a high-priced former prosecutor as a defense attorney. Even in those last days, as we reported, Remy's mother begged Jennifer Martel not to extend a restraining order against Jared.

The Remys declined to answer questions for this Globe story, but did provide a statement signed by Jerry Remy. It reads, in part, "My wife and I did everything we could to provide Jared with the necessary professional help for any of his personal issues, including ongoing treatment for the mental health issues from which he suffers."

Ahead of the story's release, NESN quietly announced that Jerry Remy will not work the Red Sox's spring training games this week, but is scheduled to return for opening day.

For Jared Remy, leniency was the rule until one lethal night [Boston Globe]