Man pardoned by governor says he’s innocent and his family did not pay for his pardon

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP/WEHT) – A convicted killer pardoned by former Governor Matt Bevin was the subject of a press conference on Tuesday.

Patrick Brian Baker said on Tuesday that he is innocent, and the pardon was not paid for by his family.

Baker’s attorney said he was wrongfully convicted.

Baker was convicted of reckless homicide and other crimes in a fatal 2014 home break-in in Knox County.

Baker’s family held a private fundraiser for Bevin last year, which is the subject of criticism over Bevin’s decision to pardon Baker.

Baker was initially sentenced to 19 years on convictions of reckless homicide and other crimes in a fatal 2014 home break-in in Knox County.

Prosecutors said Baker and another man posed as police to gain entry to Donald Mills’ home and Mills was shot in front of his wife.

Previously, Mills’ sister Melinda Mills said in an interview that she was “highly pissed off” when she learned of Baker’s pardon.

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(This story was originally published on Dec. 17, 2019)

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