Caldwell Resident Pleads Guilty to Capital Murder

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Caldwell resident Tanner Aaron Baker, 21, who was charged with capital murder, pleaded guilty to murder today and waived all rights to appeal.

District Judge John W. Youngblood sentenced Baker to sixty (60) years in prison. Baker will be required to serve one-half or thirty (30) calendar years before he will be eligible, but not entitled, to parole. Baker admitted his guilt in the capital murder of Sandra Phillips committed on April 25, 2011 in San Gabriel, Milam County, Texas.

District Attorney Bill Torrey stated, “The victim’s family consented to and approved of the plea agreement. The victim’s husband, Michael Phillips, a former Ithaca New York Police Officer, was present for the plea and addressed the Defendant after sentencing.”

Co-Defendant Brandon Charles Cotton (21), the actual shooter, was sentenced to life without parole in November, 2013.