Waco Pastor Convicted of Murder Eventually To Head to State Prison


WACO (January 22, 2010)-Matt Baker spent his second night behind bars Thursday and he is headed for state prison but it may take a while before he is actually transferred.

"It normally would take up to 30 days to get him moved to state custody because there's a lot of paperwork to be done," said McLennan County Chief Deputy Randy Plemmons Friday morning.

Baker was found guilty late Wednesday of murdering his wife Kari Lynn and was sentenced Thursday evening to spend the next 65 years in state prison.

Plemmons also said that time frame could change depending on whether Baker's defense team decides to file an immediate appeal of his conviction.

Once he is transferred Baker will be admitted to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice - Institutional Division reception unit at Huntsville and he will stay there for up to 60 days while he undergoes a series of physical, mental and psychological evaluations before he is assigned to a specific prison unit.

His 1st degree felony conviction and sentence of 65 years means he must spend at least 30 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

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