Florida man John Andrew Welden pleaded guilty Monday to tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage.
In March of 2013, Welden forged his father’s signature on a prescription for Cytotec, and relabeled the pill bottle as “amoxicillin.”
Welden then delivered the drug, which is used to induce labor, to his ex-girlfriend Remee Jo Lee, claiming that his father had instructed him to deliver the drug that would cure a falsely diagnosed infection.
Six weeks into her pregnancy, Lee went to the hospital after feeling severe cramps and pain, and shortly thereafter miscarried.
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Prosecutors had planned to convict Welden of murder and sentence him to life in jail under the “Unborn Victims of Violence Act”, though they dropped the charge when he signed a plea agreement.
In the plea agreement, Walden admitted to forging his father’s signature and pinpointed a co-conspirator in his plan.
“Whenever a woman is robbed of her ability to give birth and have a child, I don’t think there’s any greater harm you can cause somebody,” Lee’s attorney Gil Sanchez said, noting that his client is devastated.
Welden will be sentenced on December 5 on charges of tampering with a consumer product and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
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The plea agreement recommends that he be sentenced to 13 years and 8 months in a low-security federal prison camp as punishment.