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Man Charged in Death of Mendham Teen Released

James Sinclair Welch posted $50,000 after being charged with negligent vehicular homicide in death of Parker Regan.

James Sinclair Welch was released from jail late Saturday after posting $50,000 bail where he was being held on negligent vehicular homicide under the influence of alcohol, according to a report by Newsday.   

Welch was being held in the Gallatin County Detention Center after the , Parker Regan, of Mendham. If convicted, Welch could face up to 30 years in prison and $50,000 in fines, according to Montana law.

The accident occurred at the Yellowstone Club, a private ski and golf resort near Big Sky, Mont. Newsday reports that members of the club include Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates, Tour de France cycling champion Greg LeMond and Cliff Asness, co-founder of the hedge fund AQR Capital Management LLC in Greenwich, Conn.

According to a report on the SFGate site, the accident occurred during the three-day “Camp Yellowstone,” which is held annually and includes sack races, an egg toss and tug-of-war.

SFGate also reported membership at Yellowstone is limited primarily to those who own one of the houses and condominiums scattered among 15 ski lifts and an 18-hole golf course. Prices range from $2.5 million for a condominium to $18 million for a ranch with 350 acres. Members pay a $300,000 initiation fee that they get back if they sell their property. Dues are $30,000 a year.

Those who knew Regan and Welch are still reeling from the accident. The said that the premature loss of life was tragic and the mark Regan left on campus would never be forgotten. 

"He was a deeply valued member of the Suffield family and always will be," Headmaster Charles Cahn III said. "His presence will never end."

Matt S August 07, 2012 at 04:50 AM
I didn't mean it directly to this post! But on nj.com and other sites, they are using their wealth to make the story negative
Russ Crespolini August 07, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Oh, I hear you. And I appreciate the sentiment. I am not sure their intent when they included the information, but I knew what mine was so I wanted to clarify. Such a tragic story. Thanks again for your thoughts. They are always welcome. Especially since we both want to expand the Chester movie theater!
Matt S August 07, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Haha no problem. I love posting on here. I always have a lot to say about Mendham/Chester haha
Russ Crespolini August 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Well it is appreciated. And you know, if you want you could blog here and get your thoughts out whenever you feel like it. Drop me a line if you want me to set you up. And if they ever renovate the Chester movie theater you and I are going. You buy tickets, I'll get the snacks.
No 5 star jails August 08, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Russ- you under estimate your readers as far as knowledge of private vacation clubs. What Is more pertinent is that mr welch apparently (judging from a prior DUI arrest) has developed a bit of a booze problem at a young age, seemingly unchecked by those very wealthy parents- which is not to say that pretending your child doesn't have a problem is strictly the Provence of rich people

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