Baker Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

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An Elmira man acquitted of murder earlier this year has been sentenced on weapons charges Friday in Chemung County Court.

Lawrence Baker, 25, will spend 10 years in prison followed by 5 years parole in connection with the death of 24-year-old Najee Holmes.

In January, a jury acquitted Baker of murder, but declared him guilty of two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Baker faced a 5- to 15-year prison sentence for the two convictions. He had previously been convicted of a felony drug charge in 2013.

On Feb. 13, 2016, a fight reportedly occurred at a home on Baty Street on the city’s southside shortly before the shooting.

Baker claimed he was hit on the face as soon as he arrived at a party on Baty Street. He then felt someone grab him and realized it was Holmes.

During the scuffle, Baker said he felt a sharp pain in his back and realized he had just been stabbed. He said it was around that moment when he pulled out his gun and shot Holmes twice.

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