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Craig Baker, the suspect in the murder of Amanda Price, pleaded guilty to the crime earlier today.
Price was shot to death when she stepped out of the back door of her home Dec. 5, 2011. Ron Price, her husband and head football coach at New Albany High School, was shot in the shoulder while in an altercation with Baker.
Around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, Baker pleaded guilty to the murder of Amanda Price. He was sentenced to life in prison with a possibility of parole, plus an additional 20 years for aggravated assault. His original charge was capital murder.
Chris Robertson, police chief with the New Albany Police Department, said that Baker was out on parole on burglary charges when the shootings happened.
Robertson, criminal investigator at the time of the shooting at NAPD, along with Clay Keener, current criminal investigator with NAPD, worked with Mississippi Highway Patrol officers and other law enforcement that night.
"We are all very happy that justice prevailed and Craig Baker pleaded guilty. Hopefully this will give the Price and the Cossey families peace of mind now that a conclusion has been reached. I hope this helps them find peace in this time of tragedy," said Robertson.