have charged a 43-year-old man with murder
after outgoing Kentucky
Gov. Matt Bevin
pardoned him a year ago after his family raised thousands of dollars for the Republican
According to court records obtained by the Courier-Journal on Tuesday, Patrick Baker was apprehended by US Marshals on Sunday and charged by federal prosecutors in the 2014 killing of Donald Mills.
Baker was convicted of reckless homicide and first-degree robbery in 2017 after fatally shooting
Mills, 29, during a home invasion in which he hoped to steal pain pills.
Baker was sentenced to 19 years in prison
in 2017, but Bevin commuted his sentence after losing to current Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear
Bevin also pardoned a man convicted of bludgeoning his female coworker to death
and a convicted child rapist as part of his more than 400 pardons on his way out of office.
Many of the hundreds of people
pardoned by Bevin were related to donors to his political campaigns. In 2018, Baker's brother, Eric Baker, and sister-in-law hosted a fundraiser for Bevin at their home, raising more than $20,000. The couple also donated $4,000 to Bevin separately.
At the time, Kentucky prosecutor Rob Sanders told The Cincinnati Enquirer that granting pardons on those grounds "shocks the conscience."
Baker killed Mills "willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation and malice during the commission
of any robbery and kidnapping," according to a federal indictment obtained by the Courier-Journal.
Baker could be sentenced to death or life in prison if convicted.