Marshall man pleads guilty to assault, sentenced to 15 years

Thursday, June 3, 2021

On Friday, May 28, a Marshall man was transported to the Missouri Department of Corrections after having been sentenced to serve 15 years for assault.

According to unofficial online court documents, Mackenzie D. Welch, 33, of Marshall, was found guilty of first-degree or attempted assault, a class B felony, for an incident that took place this past January.

At 11:23 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, officers were dispatched to a residence on Yerby Street in reference to an assault with a handgun. According to a probable cause statement, officers made contact with the victim, who had blood on his face and an approximate 2-inch laceration on his forehead. The victim had reportedly left Slater, where he works, and picked up a hitchhiker on state Highway 240, because he was concerned for the man walking in the snow. The victim described the man, who was later located by another officer walking down Yerby. He was identified as Welch and placed under arrest.

Welch provided a verbal statement, saying he was hitchhiking from Slater and picked up and sexually assaulted by a large white, nude male. He stated he hit him on the head with a liquor bottle. He then further stated he was not assaulted, but did hit a male on the head.

The victim reported that while in the vehicle, he could smell marijuana on Welch. When approaching Marshall, Welch pressed a handgun to the victim’s head and told him to turn on Eastwood Street because he wanted to “kill a couple people on Eastwood tonight.” When they crossed the bridge and approached the park entrance, the victim told Welch there was a vehicle behind them and thought it was the cops, so Welch advised him to stop, struck him in the face, and ran from the vehicle.

According to the probable cause statement, Welch was on probation and parole for stealing a firearm and stealing a motor vehicle. According to unofficial online court documents, Welch pleaded guilty to assault on May 24. He was sentenced to one year of long-term shock incarceration in the DOC and 15 years incarceration.