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Baker sentenced to life in prison

Circuit Court Judge Joseph Ellis Friday sentenced William Baker to life in prison for the brutal slaying of Elizabeth “Niecey” Thompson at the Beach Gate Motel in Colonial Beach in Oct. 3, 2012.

Baker, 49, a resident of Indian Head, MD, was a former boyfriend of Thompson’s. He attacked her at the motel, stabbing her more than eight times and leaving her bleeding to death in the motel parking lot.  Thompson, 46, was a resident of Colonial Beach.

“Although nothing that the court could do would make up for the loss Ms. Thompson’s family suffered, I was extremely pleased with the outcome,” said Westmoreland County Commonwealth’s Attorney Julia Sichol.

Sichol won a conviction of Baker with a determined prosecution and she was just as forceful at the sentencing, offering a pre-sentence report that indicated Baker had committed a similar crime in Maryland in 1997, and presenting testimony from Thompson’s  children.

 The pre-sentence report showed Baker had been convicted of attempted murder in Maryland after stabbing the mother of his children 11 times.   Baker was sentenced to 25 years with 5 years suspended for that crime and then was released in 2008.  

Elizabeth Thompson’s son, Michael Clark, and daughter, Yvette Clark, both testified about the impact the death of their mother has had on them.  Sichol asked Judge Ellis to impose a life sentence “The crime was so brutal, and Baker is such a dangerous person that the court needs to ensure that he is never released,” Sichol said.

In imposing the life sentence, Judge Ellis  said that he often said that good people can do bad things, but he needed to make sure that Baker was not ever released. “A life sentence is a life sentence because there is no parole in Virginia, so he will be incarcerated for the rest of his natural life,” Sichol said.

Richard Leggitt

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