Thursday, January 21, 2010

WACO, Texas – Jurors on Thursday sentenced a former Texas minister to 65 years in prison for murdering his wife and trying to cover it up as a suicide.

Jurors deliberated for about two hours before agreeing on the sentence for 38-year-old Matt Baker. He had faced from probation to life in prison for slipping his wife sleeping pills and suffocating her in 2006.

Baker showed no reaction when the sentence was announced. When the judge asked if there was any legal reason why Baker should not be formally sentenced, he said: "I truly believe in my innocence. I believe the jury made a mistake in this."

Later, as deputies led him from the courtroom, Baker turned to his mother.

"Love you Mom," he said. "Take care of Kensi and Grace.";_ylt=ArWtb5eagg.4SZQ2Yt4E_GZv24cA;_ylu=X3oDMTNkNXB2MWczBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwMTIyL3VzX21pbmlzdGVyX211cmRlcl90cmlhbARjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzYEcG9zAzYEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNleC1wYXN0b3J3aG8-

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