Accomplice in Sgt. Baker’s murder requires a plea deal

CHARLOTTE, Tenn. (WSMV) — After two full days of testimony, Erika Castro-Miles has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the ambush killing of Dickson County Police Sgt. Daniel Baker.

On Friday morning, Castro-Miles accepted a 15-year prison sentence with time served. However, this plea deal means that she waives her right to a trial.

“You want that feeling of relief. You want the storm to be over, but you’re not ready to dance in the rain,” said Sgt. Daniel Baker’s widow, Lisa Baker, said. “So I don’t know where to go from here, but at least we can leave her in the past.”

That plea deal in the Castro-Miles murder trial came the same day the court was scheduled to see what the judge called an excruciating body video of Sgt. Baker’s death.

“It will be with me for all the days of my life, but we don’t have to show it to the world today or to those 12 jurors that they didn’t get to see,” Lisa Baker said.

Steven Wiggins, Castro-Miles’ then-boyfriend, shot and killed the sergeant. Baker during a traffic stop in 2018. Wiggins was convicted last year and sentenced to death.

Prosecutors planned to show more evidence that Castro-Miles helped Wiggins, who is now on death row, move Baker’s body. For Lisa Baker and the whole family, comfort seems impossible. Lisa Barker said she wants to “do good for Daniel” and wants to be on trial every day.

“Nothing is enough, nothing is enough, nothing will ever bring Daniel back,” Lisa Baker said. “My daughter doesn’t even know what happened yet. So I will relive it every time I have to explain something new to him.

As part of that 15-year sentence, Castro-Miles gets credit for the four years she has already served.

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