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Man sentenced to 55 years for 24 year old murder


A man who was found guilty of a murder that took place 24 years ago, has been sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Samuel Edward Baker was found guilty of the stabbing death of 74-year-old Shellie Latham. A jury found him guilty of the 1989 murder back on July 17 and he was sentenced on Tuesday.

Baker continued to claim he was innocent after taking the stand for the sentencing phase. Prosecutors say they were not able to determine if robbery had been the motive for the stabbing death of the elderly Belton woman.

Baker will be eligible for parole after serving at least one forth of his sentence, or just short of 16 years. This is because the laws governing his sentence are the laws that were in effect at the time of the murder.

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