Man who gave abortion drug to be sentenced

UPDATE -- An emergency federal court hearing has been scheduled for a Tampa man awaiting sentencing for tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage.
 
John Andrew Welden's sentencing was scheduled Tuesday for tampering with a consumer product and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
 
Prosecutors say Welden forged a signature in March on a prescription for Cytotec and relabeled a pill bottle as "amoxicillin" and told his then-girlfriend to take the pills. Cytotec is used to induce labor.
 
The Tampa Bay Times reports (http://bit.ly/18w0MKk ) that in an order Friday, U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara questioned the government's case against Welden. Lazzara said that without evidence that the pill caused the miscarriage, Welden may face less time in prison.
 
An emergency hearing was scheduled Monday.
 
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Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.
 
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ORIGINAL STORY:
 
A 28-year-old Tampa man will be sentenced to prison for tricking his pregnant ex-girlfriend into taking a pill that caused her to have a miscarriage.
 
John Andrew Welden is scheduled for sentencing in federal court Tuesday.
 
Welden faces up to 15 years in prison and three years of supervised release when he is sentenced on charges of tampering with a consumer product and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
 
Welden is free on supervised release until the sentencing hearing.
 
In court documents, a psychiatrist suggested Welden has bipolar disorder and that clouded his judgment.
 
Federal prosecutors say Welden forged a signature in March of 2013 on a prescription for Cytotec and relabeled a pill bottle as "amoxicillin" and told his then-girlfriend to take the pills. Cytotec is used to induce labor.
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