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Flagler County man to spend life in prison

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BUNNELL, Fla. – Edmon Nathaniel Welch, a 34-year-old Bunnell man, will spend the rest of his life in prison after a Flagler County jury convicted him on three felony charges Tuesday.

Welch's prison sentence comes on charges of home invasion robbery, burglary and battery on a person 65 or older.

Prosecutors pushed for, and succeed in, having Welch designated as a prison release reoffender, which made a life sentence mandatory based on the charges.

Officials say the push came as a result of Welch's criminal record which includes nine prior felony convictions, including two prior burglaries, a grand theft over $20,000, and a conviction for acting as an accessory after the fact to robbery.

According to court records Welch also has 22 prior misdemeanor convictions.

"The defendant's criminal past and his cruel and violent crime earned him a life sentence," State Attorney R.J. Larizza said following the sentencing. "May the victim and the victim's family find some measure of peace knowing that the defendant will never victimize our community again."