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Plea Deal Reduces Charge in Abortion Pill Case

In a plea deal agreement that will drop a murder charge down to product tampering and mail fraud, John Andrew Welden admitted he tricked his ex-girlfriend into taking medication that would cause her to miscarry her pregnancy, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

The agreement signed by Welden, who changed his plea to guilty today on the two federal charges, reveals he conspired with a pharmacy employee to get the drug Cytotec. 

Under the 2004 Unborn Victims of Violence Act, Welden could have faced life in prison. The Times reports that the judge warned Welden he could be sentenced to more than the 14 years recommended by his attorney and prosecutors in the plea deal.

Lottie Watts was our Florida Matters producer from 2012 to 2016. She also covers health and health policy for WUSF's Health News Florida .