The resentencing hearing for a Fayette County man convicted of murder has been rescheduled.
Clifford Baker, who is now 20-years-old, was convicted in 2011 in the deaths of John Michael Mahon and Debra Tish and in the home invasion of Steve and Randi Krajefska that occurred on August 4, 2010. Baker was 15-years-old at the time. He was sentenced to serve natural life in prison for each count of murder and 30 years in prison for home invasion.
The matter of resentencing has since come up. That is due to a U.S Supreme Court’s ruling that states a mandatory natural life sentence on a person under 18 violates the 8th amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. Because of this ruling the case was remanded back to Fayette County Court after being reviewed by the appellate court who affirmed part of and vacated part of the original sentencing.
Baker was last in Fayette County Court on December 15, 2015 for a hearing in which Public Defender Ed Potter was appointed as counsel for Baker and another hearing on the matter was set for today. The rescheduling of today’s hearing is at the request of Baker’s counsel, who asked to be granted additional time for preparation. A conference call has now been set for February 22, at which time a new sentencing hearing date will likely be set.