By Patsy Brumfield & JB Clark | Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – The man charged with the 2011 shooting death of a New Albany High School coach’s wife pleaded guilty today to murder, receiving a life sentence with the possibility of parole.
By doing so, 22-year-old Craig O’Brien Baker avoids a trial for capital murder and a possible death sentence.
Baker will be eligible for parole at the age of 65. If paroled, Baker will then serve a 20-year sentence for aggravated assault.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of aggravated assault, two charges of burglary of an auto, each with a seven year sentence, and two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, each with a 10 year sentence.
The sentences for burglary of an auto and possession of a firearm will be served concurrently with the 20-year aggravated assault sentence. The 20-year sentence is to be served congruently, or after, the life-sentence for murder.
Baker was originally charged with capital murder, aggravated assault and two counts of burglary of an automobile after 31-year-old Amanda Price was killed outside her Union County home Dec. 5, 2011.
Price’s husband, Ron, was wounded in the shoulder. His wife was also a school district employee.