Sadie Welker: Woman who helped Indian River Jail escapee sentenced to prison

VERO BEACH — A woman who drove escaped murderer Leviticus Taylor away from the Indian River County Jail will be serving two years in state prison, according to court officials.

Sadie Welker, 19, of Indian River County, pleaded no contest to aiding an escape and on Thursday Circuit Judge Robert Pegg ruled that she is guilty. Pegg's two-year sentence will be reduced by the 200 days she has been in the Indian River County Jail under a $100,000 bail.

Prosecutors asked for a maximum sentence of five years.

But, "She deserves credit for assisting law enforcement in apprehending Taylor" after the escape on Oct. 24, 2011, said her attorney, Andy Metcalf.

After the middle-of-the-night escape, investigators confronted Welker, Taylor's girlfriend at the time, and she told them that she left Taylor in Stuart, Metcalf said. He was apprehended there and in March Pegg sentenced Taylor to 25 years in state prison for the escape. Taylor also is serving a life sentence for murdering a Vero Beach man during a home robbery.

Welker and Taylor had written to each other when he was in jail in Indian River County, according to court records. Then Taylor and fellow murderer Rondell Reed escaped from their cell and got over two fences and fled. Reed went his own way and Taylor got a ride from Welker.

Reed was later captured in Ohio and sentenced to state prison.

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