By Associated Press - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

RADCLIFF, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky judge has agreed with a jury’s recommended sentence for a West Virginia man convicted in the deaths of two teenagers during a car chase.

Shawn Welsh, 37, of Fairmont, West Virginia, received four concurrent life sentences Tuesday, The News-Enterprise reported. Welsh is eligible for parole after serving 20 years.

A Hardin County jury convicted Welsh of two counts of murder and two counts of assault on Oct. 28. They recommended he serve a life sentence and the judge agreed.

“A life sentence is necessary for the protection of society,” Judge Ken Howard said.

State police said Welsh was driving a stolen truck and leading police on a 21-mile (33-kilometer), 18-minute chase when he crashed into a car, killing 18-year-old Jacob Barber and 17-year-old Katarina Peeters on Oct. 20, 2018.

Welsh’s attorney Erin Hartman said her client was high during the pursuit and was “extremely remorseful.”


This story corrects Welsh’s hometown to Fairmont, not Marion.

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