Man receives 45-year sentence for 2015 Eagle River murder, shootings

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 17:19
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A man who shot and killed a 56-year-old woman during a bizarre 2015 incident in Eagle River has been sentenced to 45 years in prison.

According to state prosecutors, James Andrew Baker, 35, pleaded guilty in 2016 to first-degree murder and one consolidated count of attempted murder. He was sentenced on Thursday, May 12 to 35 years in prison for the murder and 10 for the attempted murder charge. Superior Court judge Michael Corey also imposed 25 years of suspended prison time and 10 years of probation.

According to prosecutors and charging documents in the case, Baker picked up five passengers in Anchorage and drove to Eagle River in the early morning hours of March 8, 2015. According to an arrest warrant, after reaching the top of “Mile High Drive,” Baker parked the brown Dodge Intrepid. Prosecutors later clarified the road was Mile Hi Way, a narrow road that winds its way up the side of the Eagle River Valley. After about 15 minutes, prosecutors say Baker got a gun from the trunk of the vehicle and began firing at the passengers, striking three of them.

Officers responded to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls. There, they found June Mary McCarr dead in the front passenger seat.

Baker and the surviving passengers left the area on foot, prosecutors said. Later, two of them — Roy Boswell, 24, and Kurtis Reed, 31 — were found suffering from gunshot wounds. Baker walked to the Eagle River Carrs store to report his vehicle stolen, apparently dumping the gun on a trail somewhere along the way. According to charging documents, Baker said “an angel” disposed of the gun, which was not recovered.

Baker was originally charged with four counts of attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to the single count as part of his plea deal.

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