Samuel Edward Baker (Jail photo)
BELTON (August 21, 2013)—A former Belton man was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in state prison after he was earlier found guilty of a 24-year-old Belton murder.
Samuel Edward Baker will have to serve half of the sentence imposed by 426th District Court Judge Fancy Jezek before he will be eligible for parole.
Baker, 45, 1989 was convicted July 17 of the 1989 murder of Shellie Latham, 74, in Belton.
The jury deliberated about five hours before returning its verdict.
Testimony in the trial showed a neighbor found Latham on her kitchen floor inside her home at 421 E. Ave. M., and that she had suffered three stab wounds to her chest.
Investigators were able to tie the crime to Baker through a DNA match.
The case went unsolved for more than two decades but on Aug. 11, 2012, U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force members arrested Baker in Buda.
Police say Baker was one of the original suspects in the case.