A former Haverhill, N.H. man, who officials have said they believe was one of the two apparent triggermen at a 2018 homicide in the Northeast Kingdom, was sentenced Friday to 9 years in federal prison. John Welch, 37, was one of three people present when Michael Pimental, 37, of Waterford, was fatally shot in his home on Duck Pond Road on Oct. 13, 2018, officials said. Just who actually pulled the triggers of the two guns used that night remains in doubt. Pimental’s live-in girlfriend, Krystal Whitcomb, then 28, and her father, Shawn Whitcomb, then 51, of Lyndon and Welch, met in a pull-off area near Duck Pond Road in Waterford during the early morning hours of Oct. 13, 2018. They later drove to the Whitcomb-Pimental residence. Officials said that when the trio arrived at the home, Pimental was shot and killed. Judge Christina Reiss said she would sentence Welch at the high end of the federal sentencing guidelines. The guidelines suggested a sentence between 87 and 108 months would be appropriate. Krystal Whitcomb was sentenced to 12½ years in federal prison, while her dad, Shawn Whitcomb received ten years in prison.
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