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Wellnitz-Appleton gets life without possibility of parole for 25 years


  • Judge Weddle hands down expected sentencing
  • Defendant's statement after ruling two words in length
Meg Wellnitz-Appleton was sentenced today to life imprisonment without possibility of parole until the defendant has served a minimum of 25 years. The sentence had been recommended by the Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Wright.

Judge James Weddle handed down a sentence in the Meg Wellnitz-Appleton murder case in Adair Circuit Court, Tuesday, January 25, 2005.

Wellnitz-Appleton was asked by Judge Weddle if she had any thing to say following the sentence and her short answer was, "No, sir."

Downtown Columbia had been packed today in anticipation of this measure of closure for the sensational crime which occurred February 26, 1993. That day, Wellnitz-Appleton's mother, Elizabeth "Beth" Wellnitz, her step-father, veterinarian Dr. Joseph Welnitz, and her brother, Dennis, were slain gangland fashion.

The case had been under investigation for 10 years, and the sentencing came almost 12 years after the the crime.

When the case was cracked by Columbia Post of the Kentucky State Police, was charged with conspiring with a man named William Harry Meece to break in and kill and rob her own family.

Television news trucks were in town, and reporters from virtually every media were in attendance, many interviewing local residents on their feelings about the crime and the outcome.


This story was posted on 2005-01-25 17:44:25
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Traffic jam on square for final sentencing



2005-01-25 - Columbia, KY - Photo Linda Waggener. TRAFFIC WAS HEAVY IN EVERY DIRECTION on the square and activity inside the courthouse was the focus. The final sentencing has been handed down to Meg Wellnitz Appleton. Click 'read more' for details.
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