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Rapist to spend rest of life in prison

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014 2:50 PM
Last updated Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 8:36 AM
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An Augusta man who brutally attacked a couple, raping the woman and leaving both seriously injured, will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.



Johnny L. Baker was sentenced on his 39th birthday Thursday to three terms of life in prison plus 60 years. Because of his previous convictions, early release will not be allowed.

“He’s an absolute predator,” Assistant District Attorney John Markwalter said in Richmond County Superior Court.

In 1997 in Jefferson County, Baker was convicted of aggravated assault for shooting someone. In 2005, he was convicted of peeping Tom for spying on a young girl urinating in a public restroom. In 2008, Baker was convicted of two counts of sexual battery for fondling two young teens.

Baker had been out of prison for less than a year when he crawled through a window of a woman’s home in the middle of the night March 20. With a weapon described as a sawed-off broom handle, Baker attacked the man, driving him from the bed and out of the house by repeated blows and breaking his hands.

Baker returned to the bedroom, grabbed the woman by the hair and dragged her into the living room. When she tried to stop the attack, Baker punched her in the face while holding a box cutter and raped her. She was left covered in abrasions.

Neither victim could identify the masked attacker, but DNA proved it was Baker, according to trial testimony.

Markwalter asked the judge, before imposing sentence, to consider other crimes Baker had committed. In 1995, he was convicted in two battery cases. In 1996, he was convicted of reckless conduct for shooting into an occupied room.

The only way to protect the community is to lock Baker up for the rest of his life, Markwalter said.

Defense attorney Peter Johnson said Baker wanted to stand trial because he had been indicted under the wrong name. In addition, he said, there was a man with that name who served a prison term and whose DNA was entered into the DNA database. He asked the judge to take into account that Baker at least didn’t deny responsibility and profess his innocence on the witness stand during the trial.

Baker was convicted of rape, aggravated sodomy, kidnapping with bodily injury, false imprisonment, burglary and two counts of aggravated assault.

Judge Daniel J. Craig ordered Baker’s sentences to run consecutively to each other and to any time that might remain on his previous sentences.

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itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/06/14 - 05:06 pm
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Based on his history, he

Based on his history, he should have been behind bars permanently already.

Farmboy
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Farmboy 02/06/14 - 05:12 pm
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It's good that he will go to jail..

But I don't think the punishment is harsh enough. We need to send a very clear and definite message that this behavior will not be tolerated.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/06/14 - 05:21 pm
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If only

If only we could give him a good beating before jail time..

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/06/14 - 06:05 pm
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Please allow
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the pond scum to, at least, vote for one of his democratic mentors before making it bubba's new girlfriend!

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 02/06/14 - 06:17 pm
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If

there was ever grounds for and execution--THIS IS ONE!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/06/14 - 06:20 pm
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Repeat violent offender

Repeat violent offender should be put to death-they are a burden to society and a great cost too-so why should we waste any more money or time on such slime. He will never contribute to society so what purpose does life in prison serve but to get him out of society. There is a risk he could escape and most assuredly would repeat his crimes-seems an ounce of prevention comes to mind. Maybe other offenders will take heed if they see other offenders die. Prison may punish the criminal but punishes us too with risks and costs.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/06/14 - 07:33 pm
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"Baker at least didn’t deny

"Baker at least didn’t deny responsibility and profess his innocence on the witness stand during the trial."

Oh, a good guy after all. *snort*

curly123053
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curly123053 02/06/14 - 08:59 pm
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Exterminate

I don't advocate all repeat offenders getting the death penalty, but when the crimes are violent as Baker yes! This man is worthy of extermination!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/06/14 - 11:25 pm
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Hmm, 25 years on the

Hmm, 25 years on the robber/dog shooter and life without parole for this guy. I'm starting to warm up to Judge Craig.

myfather15
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myfather15 02/07/14 - 06:25 am
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We don't need to beat him, we

We don't need to beat him, we just need to give him a cocktail through a needle!! Society would be finished with him and his presence!! NOONE, would ever have to worry about him again, ever!! It's that simple!! He is a disgusting piece of filth and deserves death!!

d1zmljqg
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d1zmljqg 02/07/14 - 06:56 am
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Yes, dichotomy

Me too on Judge Craig. I like his consecutive sentencing, too.

Consecutive sentences. When sentences run consecutively, defendants have to finish serving the sentence for one offense before they start serving the sentence for any other offense.

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JRC2024 02/07/14 - 07:51 am
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Good for you Judge Craig and

Good for you Judge Craig and ADA John Markwalter. Thanks for doing this for Augusta and the surrounding area. Maybe he will get put down in prison if he is that angry.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/07/14 - 12:29 pm
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I don't think he's going to

I don't think he's going to do too well in the slammer.

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