Friday, August 7, 2020

Vian Man Charged After Shooting Brother

A Vian man was arrested July 26 and charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon and two other felony counts, according to police reports.

Nathan Michael Baker, 29, was also charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction.

He faces up to life in prison on the assault charge and up to 10 years in prison on each weapons charge.

On July 25, a Sequoyah County sheriff’s investigator was dispatched to Northeastern Health System Sequoyah in reference to a shooting victim.

The victim, Wesley Baker, said he and his brother, Nathan Baker, had gotten into a verbal altercation that turned physical. Wesley said Nathan brought out a firearm and shot him in the leg.

Several deputies later went to the residence of the incident, and after a search of the location they found Nathan Baker hiding in a wooded area.

Nathan told deputies that his brother came to his residence. Nathan said he told Wesley to leave but he refused. Nathan said he then retrieved the firearm from the residence and again told his brother to leave. Wesley refused, Nathan said, so he “shot him in the leg, where I knew it wouldn’t kill him or anything, just trying to make him leave. I knew I hadn’t hit an artery or anything. I wrapped his leg and my girlfriend, Margie Ortega took him to the hospital.”

A chat with Nathan’s father, John Baker, revealed that his son had other firearms in the residence and keeps items locked in the attic.

It was later learned that Nathan Baker was convicted of an unspecified felony and given a deferred sentence of five years in 2018. 

Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer

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