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Judge sentences Welden to 164 months for abortion pill case

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John Andrew Welden faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison. John Andrew Welden faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison.
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The Tampa man charged with tricking his pregnant girlfriend into taking a pill that caused an abortion was sentenced to 164 months in a federal prison camp on Monday.

John Andrew Welden faced a maximum of 15 years in federal prison.  He could have gone to trial and faced life behind bars without parole. However, he avoided that by pleading guilty last year to charges of product tampering and mail fraud.

Welden admitted in court to forging a prescription for Cytotec from his OB/GYN father, then tricking his girlfriend into taking it. Remee Lee was about six weeks pregnant at the time. Welden told her she was taking an antibiotic.

"I was deprived of my choice for my baby," Lee said at a press conference. "I will not back down. I am here for myself and for all of the other victims to spread awareness and to prevent this from happening to other women."

At a two-day hearing earlier this month, Welden's attorneys said it's impossible to prove what led Lee to miscarry. Judge Richard Lazarra agreed with government experts who said one dose of the drug could cause an abortion.

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