Judge delays sentencing of triple murderer, again

G'Quan "Tootie" Baker (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
G'Quan "Tootie" Baker (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A district court judge has once again delayed the sentencing of a convicted murderer.

G'Quan "Tootie" Baker, 17, was found guilty of shooting and killing three people in June 2011. He was 16 at the time of the murders.

Family members of the victims are distraught because Baker has not been sentenced.

"I'm upset because I think he's been a menace since he was a youth and if they don't do something with our youth, there's a menace, we're all going to end up in court crying over our babies that's dead," said Deidre Parker, the aunt of one of the victims.

She is angry because District Court Judge Don Johnson did not sentence Baker to a life sentence. Baker killed Parker's niece.

The US Supreme Court has ruled a juvenile cannot be given a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Johnson said during the hearing he is not properly guided to make this decision and stayed the entire proceedings until further notice.

Prosecutors plan to take the issue to a higher court.

"It's a new law," said prosecutor Leila Braswell. "We're creating a new territory of law. We don't have a whole lot of guidance on it. While I understand the judge's ruling, we respectfully disagree with it. Hopefully, we'll get some guidance from the superior court."

The issue is headed to the First Circuit Court of Appeal. The judge has ordered everyone back in court next month.

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