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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