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Woman convicted, sentenced to life in prison for plotting husband's murder

Posted on 05/24/2019
Kelly Baker MugshotGREELEY, Colo. (Weld County D.A.) – A Greeley woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for plotting her husband’s murder in 2017.

After hearing almost three week’s worth of evidence and deliberating for almost a day, a jury found 49-year-old Kelly Baker guilty Thursday of first degree murder and conspiracy to commit first degree murder for the death of her husband, Randy Baker, at their Greeley home on August 16, 2017.

Baker and Randy’s sister, Carol Baker, planned the murder for several months during the summer of 2017.

Last May, Carol’s son, 38-year-old Kelly Raisley, confessed to shooting and killing his uncle and pleaded guilty to first degree murder. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the Colorado Department of Corrections.

Investigators said Baker paid her nephew between $10,000 and $13,000 and gave him his uncle Randy’s motorcycle for the murder.

Raisley’s mother, Carol Baker, plead guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced in January to 30 years in DOC.

“This family lost someone they relied on and who was the rock of the family,” Weld Assistant District Attorney Robb Miller said Friday morning at the sentencing hearing. “This was nothing but an evil, selfish and greedy act. She took away a grandfather, a dad and a really great friend to many.”

Friday morning, Weld District Judge Shannon Lyons sentenced Baker to life in prison without parole for the first degree murder charge. He added another 48 years for the conspiracy to commit first degree murder charge.

“There is nothing that will ever justify the murder of your husband,” Judge Lyons told Baker at her sentencing hearing.

Weld Assistant District Attorney Robb Miller and Chief Deputy District Attorney Thea Carrasco prosecuted all three cases.