Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported a Camden woman will be in her mid-70s before she is eligible for parole after being sentenced Friday for the shooting death of a Woodlynne bakery owner killed in his store during a robbery.
Superior Court Judge Edward McBride sentenced Latasha Baker, F/34, of Woodlynne, to 45 years incarceration in a New Jersey state prison on counts of Felony Murder, Conspiracy and Robbery in a hearing Friday. She must serve 85 percent of that sentence before she is eligible for parole. He added 18 months incarceration to be served consecutively for a count of Hindering.
A jury convicted Baker in April for her part in the October 14, 2009 shooting of Oscar Hernandez.
Baker was one of four people charged in connection with the slaying of the -year-old business owner. Also charged and pending trial are William Cooper Jr., M/35, of Camden, Rashawn Carter, M/28, of Philadelphia and Maurice Carter, M/31, of Philadelphia. All three are charged with Felony Murder, Armed Robbery and weapons offenses. Cooper, accused of being the person who shot Hernandez, is also charged with Murder. The two Carters are Baker’s brothers and Cooper is a friend of their family. The three men charged are awaiting trial.
Assistant Prosecutor Victoria Shilton presented evidence during the trial that led the jury to conclude Baker was guilty of acting as a lookout during the robbery at Alex’s Bakery on the 1600 block of Ferry Avenue in Woodlynne. She posed as a customer at the bakery multiple times the day of the killing, and was in repeated phone contact with her brother Rashawn Carter the day before and the day of Hernandez’s death.
Baker provided the other three defendants with information about who was in the bakery prior to the robbery attempt, and then played the part of the victim when the armed men entered the business. Hernandez was shot as the men tried to open the register at the bakery. They were never able to open it and fled empty handed.
After the robbery Baker told investigators the robbers had stolen her cell phone, but the phone was later found at her home and a search of the phone records led investigators to the other three defendants.
Prosecutor Faulk thanked A.P. Shilton, who brought her years of experience as a tenacious prosecutor to bear on a challenging case. This is the first of four defendants to be tried for this murder and he is gratified that A.P. Shilton will continue to represent the state in the prosecutions of those charged with this tragic killing.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.