Jury recommends nearly 20 year sentence in Knox County murder case

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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - December 4, 2017 Update

Patrick Baker has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for the murder of Donald Mills.

Officials say Baker is charged with five years for reckless homicide, 12 years for robbery to the first degree, one year for tampering with evidence, and one year for impersonating a police officer.

Melinda Smith, Donald Mills' sister it's a blessing for their family.

"I mean it's a blessing for our family to see him get sentenced because he seriously thought he was going to walk out with no charges against him," said Smith.

1:30 a.m. Update
The jury announced their recommended sentence for Patrick Baker early Friday morning.

They recommended 5 years on the reckless homicide count, 12 years on the robbery count, one year on the tampering with physical evidence count and one year for impersonating an officer.

If the judge decides to go with their recommendation, Baker would be sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Baker will be back in court on December 1st for formal sentencing.

10:30 p.m. Update
The jury found Patrick Baker guilty for the murder of Donald Mills in 2014.

The judge announced the jury's verdict Thursday evening after more than eight hours of deliberation.

Baker was convicted on charges of reckless homicide, evidence tampering, first-degree robbery and impersonating an officer.

The case against Baker on wanton endangerment charges was declared a mistrial.

6 p.m. Update
We are still waiting for a verdict in a Knox County murder case.

This week, jurors spent four days hearing testimony and argument in the trial of Patrick Baker.

Prosecutors made the argument that in 2014, Baker along with others fought their way into the home of Mills and separated his family.

They made the argument Baker shot and killed Mills.

Our reporter on scene told our newsroom jurors are now rewatching some testimony.

We will continue to update this story.

Original Story
We could learn soon whether a Knox County Jury believes Patrick Baker is guilty of murder.

Prosecutors say he was the trigger man when a group of people busted into Donald Mills’ home in 2014 to rob and kill him.

The jury listened to closing arguments Thursday.

The defense says DNA evidence in the case is weak and that the only proof Baker pulled the trigger is witness testimony. Two people who pleaded guilty in the case, Angela Mills and Christopher Wagner testified earlier in this week. Baker’s Attorney questions their moves.

"We've had convicted felons, co-defendants that got great deals, people drugged out of their minds on meth, and an ex-wife."

The prosecutor says while drugs and money may have been the motive. He is sure Baker is the one who shot and killed Donald Mills.

"There is no doubt that this defendant is guilty on all counts."

The jury began deliberating around 2 Thursday afternoon.

We will update this story when we hear a verdict.

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