BREAKING NEWS: Patricia Welch found guilty of perjury

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Patricia Welch enters an Alford plea on her perjury charge on Aug. 16. (credit: WDBJ7)

BY KRISSI HUMBARD — Hyattsville resident Patricia Welch has been found guilty of perjury in connection to the disappearance of the Lyon sisters. She appeared in Bedford (Va.) Circuit Court on Tuesday morning for a plea hearing. According to WDBJ7 in Roanoke, Patricia Welch entered an Alford Plea, but was found guilty. In an Alford Plea, the defendant in a criminal case does not admit guilt, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a conviction.

Patricia Welch was sentenced to two years but the sentence was suspended. She also received a $1,000 fine and five years of unsupervised probation.

Patricia Welch is the wife of Richard Welch, who police have called a person of interest in the case. She had been charged with perjury after her testimony before the multi-jurisdictional grand jury in 2014.

Prosecutors alleged that they had recordings of phone conversations in which Patricia Welch urged potential witnesses not to cooperate with investigators; however, she denied speaking to witnesses during her grand-jury testimony.

Lloyd Lee Welch, Jr., Richard Welch’s nephew, was indicted in 2015 on two counts of first degree felony murder in the kidnapping and killing of 10-year-old Katherine and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon in 1975.

Katherine and Sheila Lyon disappeared from Wheaton Mall on March 25, 1975.

Bedford Circuit Court Final Disposition document from the plea hearing of Patricia Welch.

Bedford Circuit Court Final Disposition document from the plea hearing of Patricia Welch.