Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Under house arrest, John Andrew Welden allowed to attend church

TAMPA

Welden is permitted to attend church

John Andrew Welden, under house arrest and scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10 for slipping ex-girlfriend Remee Jo Lee an abortion drug, wants to go to church.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara granted a motion from defense attorney Todd Foster asking that Welden, 28, be permitted to attend Sunday services at Keystone Bible Church in Odessa for the remainder of his release on bail. The church is less than 2 miles from the home of Welden's father, a gynecologist.

Welden must attend with his security detail, which now consists of one armed guard.

Lazzara could impose a sentence of up to 15 years, though attorneys from both sides recommend 13 years and 8 months.

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