Judge authorizes 'whatever force necessary' to bring killer to sentencing

After a dramatic hearing, a man who intentionally mowed down a motorcyclist in Minneapolis has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.  

Quantelize Welch, of Minneapolis, was convicted earlier this year of two counts of second-degree murder and criminal vehicular homicide for intentionally hitting and killing a motorcyclist with an SUV in a Minneapolis alley in July 2021. The victim, 26-year-old Caleb Hutchins, was test-driving a dirt bike when Welch ran him down. He was taken to the hospital, where he died a short time later. 

During the sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Welch, who was appearing via video from Oak Park Heights prison, refused to appear on video and walked out of the video hook-up location. The judge then gave a corrections officer the right to use "whatever force necessary" to get Welch to comply and get him in front of the camera. 

Welch eventually returned to the video room. However, he was sitting on the floor, so he couldn't be seen. He also mouthed off about being on TV, according to FOX 9's Paul Blume, who was covering the sentencing. 

Quantelize Welch

A spokesperson with the Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) told FOX 9 no force was used to get Welch to participate in the hearing. 

"DOC staff engaged in a conversation with Mr. Welch and he agreed to return to the room to complete the hearing. We commend the staff involved for their ability to defuse the situation and safely deliver professional services for the people of Minnesota - something they do every day," the DOC said in a statement. 

The judge on Wednesday sentenced Welch to 40 years in prison, the maximum, due to Welch's violent history that includes seven prior felony convictions. Prior to his sentencing, the victim's mom read a statement, calling Welch a "coward" and an "animal," while crying.