LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. — A Lawrence County teenager has been sentenced to four years in prison in connection with the 2017 shooting death of a 16-year-old Lawrenceburg girl.

Lawrence County District Attorney General Brent Cooper said Kyle Daniel Welcher, 18, was sentenced Wednesday by Lawrence County Judge David Allen.

In August, officials said Welcher entered an open guilty plea to reckless homicide, and three counts of reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

Courthouse officials said by entering an open plea Welcher admitted guilt and the judge makes the decision on the sentencing.

Reckless homicide carries a penalty of 2-4 years in prison, while reckless endangerment is punishable up to three years.

Cooper said Welcher received the maximum sentence under the law.

“He received four years on the reckless homicide and then two years on the other three charges. The sentences will run concurrently,” Cooper said. “Under the law, it was the best we could get. So, I guess we’re as pleased with the sentence as we can be.”

Welcher was arrested on Dec. 12, 2017, in connection with the shooting death of Holley Ann Cullum, a student at Lawrence County High School.

At the time of the shooting Lawrenceburg Police said there no evidence the shooting was intentional.

Lawrenceburg Police investigator Lt. Brent Hunter said the shooting occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of Smith Avenue in Lawrenceburg.

Hunter said when officers arrived, they found Collum with a single gunshot wound.

Police said while the shooting did not appear to have been an intentional act, Welcher did leave the scene and is accused of hiding the gun.

Welcher has been in the Lawrence County Jail since his arrest in December 2017.

tom.smith@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5757. Twitter @TD_TomSmith.

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