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Archive for Thursday, October 15, 1998

JURY FINDS ARMED ROBBER GUILTY IN 1997 BREAK-IN

October 15, 1998

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A 24-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man who allegedly conspired with his cousin to rob another man has been convicted in the August 1997 scheme.

A jury found Cedric Baker guilty of aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault and burglary for his role in the incident in the 1500 block of Lindenwood in Lawrence.

According to testimony, Baker and his cousin, Leonard Baker, 26, Lawrence, planned the break-in at the house. Leonard Baker played a ``victim'' and was at the home when Cedric Baker and two others stormed into the house with guns.

Four adults and five children were home at the time, and Cedric Baker helped tie some of them up. A wallet, cellular phone, $1,500 in cash and a pit bull puppy were stolen. Another Kansas City, Mo., man was arrested, but charges against him were dropped.

Cedric Baker will be sentenced at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 10.

Leonard Baker was scheduled on Wednesday to enter a plea for his role in the case, but the appearance was continued until 8:30 a.m. Oct. 29.

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