Beatrice Denise Welsh, 40, of Parker, a member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Douglas L. Rayes to 42 months in prison on June 19. Welsh was found guilty by a federal jury of assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Welsh was driving on the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation, after consuming alcohol. She knew her vehicle had faulty brakes. Welsh took back dirt roads and sped around a ninety degree corner at a speed between fifty-three and fifty-seven miles per hour. The pickup rolled and her passenger, a non-tribal member, was ejected and is permanently paralyzed.
The investigation in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado River Indian Tribal Police. The prosecution was handled by Abbie Broughton Marsh and Ryan Powell, Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.