The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the sentences for a Labette County man convicted of killing a toddler.
Mark Anthony Baker was given four consecutive sentences – including life without the possibility of parole for 20 years – after he was convicted in the 2011 death of a 19-month-old Parsons boy.
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Baker was initially charged with murder and sodomy, and pleaded guilty in July 2011 to felony murder, child abuse, obstruction of official duty and possession of marijuana.
Baker had requested concurrent sentences, but the district court invoked consecutive sentences: A hard-20 life sentence for murder, 128 months for child abuse and 19 months total for the remaining two charges.
Baker argued on appeal that the district court abused its discretion in imposing consecutive sentences, saying no reasonable person would agree with the lower court decision. The state's high court rejected his argument in its unanimous decision issued Friday.