Federal authorities jailed a Kentucky man who received one of former Governor Matt Bevin’s controversial pardons in December 2019.
Patrick Brian Baker, 43, was convicted of reckless homicide in the death of Donald Mills during a home invasion in Knox County in 2014. However, Baker maintained his innocence and accused the forces of the order to have neglected another suspect in the case. In his pardon, Bevin called the evidence against Baker “sketchy at best.”
Baker had served two years of a 19-year sentence when Bevin released him.
Baker’s brother and sister-in-law held a political fundraiser in 2018 that raised $ 21,500 for Bevin, according to the Kentucky Registry for Election Finance. The couple donated $ 4,000 to Bevin.
Baker, who now has a Frankfurt address, was held at the Laurel County Detention Center as a federal prisoner on Monday, according to the jail’s website. Prison officials would not identify the criminal charge against Baker; they referred media calls to the US Marshal’s office. But federal offices were closed Monday for Memorial Day.
Baker was arrested Sunday and booked at 12:16 p.m. Monday, according to the prison website. No deposit was initially allowed.
Baker’s pardon was one of hundreds of pardons and commutations issued by Bevin during his last days in office, sometimes for those convicted of violent crimes, angering prosecutors, police and members of the public .
Jackie Steele, the Commonwealth lawyer for Laurel and Knox counties, said he could not say on Monday whether Baker’s arrest was linked to the original homicide case.
However, Steele said state and federal authorities often have concurrent jurisdiction over crimes, which means they can be prosecuted in state or federal court.
The fact that Baker’s case was resolved in state court would not preclude federal authorities from pursuing a new charge against him, even based on the original crime, if the alleged violation involved federal law, said Steele.
“Nobody bribes” Bevin. A forgiven murderer claims innocence, thank you the former governor.
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