LAFAYETTE, Ind (WLFI) - A Lafayette man faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in atwo-vehicle crash that left a Harrison High School studentdead.
30-year-old Joseph Welch pleaded guilty to operating a vehiclewhile intoxicated resulting in death.
16-year-old Katherine Ann Baker was killed when Welch ran astoplight on US 52 and collided with her car in November, 2008.
Prosecutor Pat Harrington says the guilty plea represents agood resolution to the case.
But West Central Indiana Mothers Against Drunk Drivingpresident Dan Towery says despite the plea nothing will lessen thepain felt by Baker's family.
"We're pleased with the fact that the defendant pled guilty tothe lead charge. The lead charge is the most serious offense so inthis case it is a good resolution of the case," saidHarrington.
"There is no good resolution. Kate's gone. People have to beheld accountable...so I think his plea agreement, pleaing guilty isappropriate. He was guilty, and we'll see what happens at thesentencing hearing," said Towery.
Welch's sentencing is set for March 5. Welch has a previousconviction in Iowa for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
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