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Teen sentenced to 10 years; robbery and evading arrest
BEAUMONT - by Ashley Gaston - A Jefferson county judge sentenced a teenager to ten years behind bars for threatening and robbing a police officer in his West Beaumont home and leading investigators on a chase.
Judge John Stevens sentenced 17-year old Kaleb Baker for robbery and evading arrest.
The Judge said Baker took part in a crime that in the Judge's words "has forever changed his life. and the lives of a west Beaumont couple."
The mother cried out "no" in the courtroom when Judge Stevens sentenced her son Kaleb Baker to 10 years in prison.
The mother told KFDM news she's emotional because she raised her son alone and then watched him walk away in handcuffs and go to prison.
Martha Baker says her son just got caught up with the wrong crowd at the wrong time.
Investigators say Kaleb Baker waited in the driver's seat June 16th of this year while several men carrying guns and a bat left the car and forced their way into a home on east drive in Beaumont.
The gunmen threatened the people who lived inside and robbed them.
Baker led police on a chase for several miles.
He lost control of the car in north Beaumont.
K-9 units and other officers caught and arrested him.
Baker apologized during today's sentencing hearing. His attorney says the teen regrets what he did.
Absolutely, I think he's just a young man that got caught up with the wrong crowd and made some really foolish decisions, said Bakers defense attorney, Don Duesler.
Hopefully its a message to others, your decisions have consequences and they impact others. Not only to the people you do it to, but to you and your family as well, said Jefferson County Prosecutor Pat Knauth.
The Judge offered a special type of probation to Baker.
It's called shock probation.
If Baker doesn't get into trouble while in prison for the next 6 months, he's eligible for probation.
The Judge will then consider whether to allow him to leave jail and place him on probation for remainder of his sentence.