Sentencing agreement pulled in girl’s hit-and-run death
Muskegon Heights – A western Michigan judge has withdrawn a sentencing agreement for a man charged in a 6-year-old girl’s hit-and-run death.
Twenty-year-old Dakota Welch’s sentencing was scheduled for Wednesday, but Muskegon County Circuit Judge Timothy Hicks said he could no longer abide by a nearly six-year minimum sentence commitment.
Hicks told the packed courtroom that “it’s way more important to get it right than to do it today.”
MLive.com reports the judge says he rethought his commitment after learning that Welch had a significant driving record before Taylor Davis was struck and killed on June 10.
Welch was arrested after he left the crash scene. He pleaded no contest in October to leaving the scene of an accident causing injury or death and driving with a suspended license resulting in death.