HUTCHINSON — A former Parsons man serving a life sentence for killing a toddler has been sentenced to 13 ½ more years in prison for stabbing a guard at least three times in the abdomen with a shank.
The Hutchinson News reports that 34-year-old Mark Anthony Baker was sentenced to the extra time Friday for the Dec. 6, 2018, attack at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Prosecutors say it happened after the officer denied Baker’s request to talk to a counselor. Records indicate that the officer spent one night in the hospital.
Baker pleaded guilty in 2011 to felony murder, abuse of a child, obstructing the official duty of an officer and two counts of felony possession of marijuana. A count of aggravated criminal sodomy was dismissed in the plea.
On March 23, 2011, police responded to 1203 Clark and found Zane Pennington, 19 months, unresponsive. He was taken to Labette Health and pronounced dead. Baker, a convicted sex offender, was at home with the child. A forensic pathologist testified that Zane suffered from severe head trauma and abdominal injuries.
A judge sentenced Baker to life in prison for murder, 128 months for child abuse, 52 months for the drug charges and seven months for obstruction. He is not eligible for parole on the murder charge for 20 years. After parole is granted on that charge Baker will begin serving the sentences for the other convictions. This gives him a minimum term of 35 years in prison.
Baker filed a civil action to have his prison term reduced but lost that request.
The conviction for stabbing the guard will be served after the terms in the Labette County case.