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Grandson to serve life in prison for killing grandmother

Ethan Welch (Source: Columbus Police Department) Ethan Welch (Source: Columbus Police Department)

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email 

COLUMBUS, GA  (WTVM) - A 17 year old boy has been sentenced to life in prison after admitting to killing his grandmother nearly two years ago.  Ethan Welch has already served two years at the youth detention facility and will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Welch entered a guilty plea in court Monday morning to the 2009 stabbing death of his 59-year-old grandmother Brenda Cook.  The brutal nature of this murder, mixed with the defendant's age, is responsible for his time behind bars.

Police say Ethan Welch was 15 when he stabbed his grandmother with a steak skewer. Instead of calling for help or trying to save his dying caretaker, he left her to bleed to death while he played video games. 

Welch's attorney Steve Craft told News Leader Nine, "After lengthy discussions with Ethan about the nature of the case and the evidence, he didn't want to put his family through any more than they have already gone through. It's a terrible tragedy in the first place and this would only magnify the pain for himself and the family and he chose not to do that."

Welch admitted to taking a life, and in turn he signed over his own, sentenced to life in prison.

Assistant District Attorney Don Kelly explained, "My concern was not really his age, my concern was an explanation for what happened because it was an extremely brutal crime and I didn't feel I could justify to the citizens doing anything other than a life sentence without some explanation of what happened there, which I was never able to receive."

The murder happened nearly two years ago, and during that time, Craft says several people have taken a close look at the case, "Because of his age, I thought it appropriate the case be reviewed by an additional attorney and undergo a psychological evaluation."


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