Former Burl. Car Salesman Sentenced to Life
In 2011 Chad Welsh was sentenced to eight years in a federal prison on child pornography charges.
When his DNA was entered into a database — it matched the DNA on evidence in a 2007 murder. Angela Hennes of Davenport — the murder victim — was more than five months pregnant when she was strangled. Her burned body was found on a Scott County farm.
In 2012 Welsh was sentenced to life in prison on a first degree murder charge, plus another 25 years for termination of a human pregnancy without consent. Welsh appealed, complaining his lawyer was ineffective and there was insufficient evidence to conclude he “recklessly” ended the woman’s pregnancy.
The court of appeals — in a short, two-page ruling — rejected Welsh’s argument.