A federal judge in Alexandria sentenced a 36-year-old Woodbridge man to life imprisonment yesterday for kidnaping a woman he allegedly raped, shot and abandoned at Ft. Belvoir.
U. S. District Judge Albert V. Bryan Jr. told the man, Delmar Ray Welch, he had committed "one of the most aggravated kidnaping I have ever seen."
When Welch's attorney asserted that his client's criminal acts were directly related to alcoholism, the judge said, "It's no answer to say that he was drinking."
Welch is scheduled to be tried on rape, sodomy and abduction charges in Alexandria Circuit Court in April. He entered a guilty plea to the federal kidnaping charge, and seven other federal charges against him were dropped, according to the Alexandria FBI office.
Police said the kidnap victim told them she was walking on the street near her home in Northwest Washington about 3:30 a.m. last Nov. 9 when a man drove up and shot her once in the neck. The man then took her into his car, drove her to a parking lot in an apartment complex near Ft. Belvoir and assaulted her, according to police. Then, police said, he drove her to a dirt road in Ft. Belvoir, allowed her to leave the car and shot her in the head as she was walking away.
According to the FBI, the woman survived but one bullet remains in her spine and portions of another are lodged in her scalp and neck area.