Kan. Supco upholds sentences in child’s death

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the sentences given to a Labette County man convicted of killing a southeast Kansas 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 the 19-month-old Parsons boy.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Zjk40T) 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 high court rejected his argument in its unanimous decision issued Friday.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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