Bevin commutes Knox County man’s reckless homicide sentence
KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Former Governor Matt Bevin pardoned and commuted the sentence for more than 400 convicts within his final days in office and one of those convicts is a man who was pardoned of reckless homicide.
Patrick Bakes is a Knox County man convicted of reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer and tampering with physical evidence had his sentence commuted by outgoing governor Matt Bevin.
Court records describe Patrick Baker as the “trigger man” in the death of Donald Mills.
Baker was one of five people involved in a violent home invasion in the spring of 2014 in the Scalf community.
Baker was convicted two years ago and was sentenced to 19-years in prison.
In his executive order, Bevin wrote the evidence supporting Baker’s conviction was inadequate.
In a statement released Baker said, “I am grateful for the courageous actions of Governor Bevin. After being presented with evidence of my innocence and allegations of misconduct against the police officers in my case, he gave me a chance to have my life back.”
He continued on to say that he hopes that the true killer of Donald Mills is ultimately apprehended and that the Mills’ family gets closure in the end by having the right person in prison.
He says he did not kill Donald Mills and his family did not pay for his release.
Baker will be hosting a press conference at 2:30 this afternoon, with the intention of speaking about being wrongfully convicted and his attorneys speaking about his recent pardon and the wrongdoing of Kentucky State Police officers who railroaded him to prison.
The recent pardons by Bevin are now being investigated by state lawmakers.