St. Paul man gets 36 years for 2020 fatal shooting at Eagan hotel

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A St. Paul man was sentenced Friday to more than 36 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man outside an Eagan hotel in 2020.

A Dakota County jury in April convicted Robert Lee Baker, 30, of second-degree murder in the killing of Maurice Antonio Anderson of Minneapolis at the Sonesta Suites hotel on Nov. 9, 2020.

Dakota County District Judge Michael Mayer handed down the 438-month sentence for the murder and a 60-month sentence, which will be served concurrently, for being a felon in possession of a firearm, a charge that also stemmed from Anderson’s killing.

Baker told police that he shot Anderson after Anderson and another man robbed him, according to charges. Anderson was shot 11 times, including once in the head.

Baker was released from prison six months before the killing after serving a 2016 sentence for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also was convicted of second-degree assault in 2011 in Hennepin County and first-degree aggravated robbery in 2012, also in Hennepin County.

According to the 2020 criminal complaint, Eagan police officers were sent to the hotel around 9 p.m. after reports of a man on the ground outside. A red car was seen driving away from the scene.

Upon arrival at Eagandale Place and Lone Oak Road, officers found Anderson and tried reviving him before he was pronounced dead.

Officers then located the red car and arrested both the driver and Baker.

The driver told police that after she and Baker picked up one of her friends from the hotel, two men with handguns entered the back seat of the car and told her to drive. She said after she drove to an adjacent hotel parking lot, the two men robbed her and Baker, the complaint said.

Baker told police that after the robbery, he chased the suspects with a gun and yelled at them to return his possessions, according to the complaint. Baker said he fired at one of the men after either one of the suspects or both pointed their guns at him.

At the crime scene, police found 16 discharged casings — all fired from a .40-caliber handgun that police found in the car Baker had been riding in and that he later admitted he used to shoot Anderson, the complaint said. A gun was not found near Anderson’s body.

Judge Mayer gave Baker credit for the 586 days he’s already served in custody.

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