Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 11ZF0104: August 2, 2013
SANTA ANA – A man was sentenced today to 18 years and eight months to life in state prison for murdering one man and injuring his friend by stabbing the victims after a New Year’s Eve hotel party. Adam Randy Baker, 26, Dana Point, was found guilty by a jury Dec. 12, 2012, of one felony count each of second degree murder and attempted murder with a sentencing enhancement for the personal use of a deadly weapon.
At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2011, Baker was sitting on a bench near the valet parking area at the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa after attending a New Year’s Eve party at the hotel. When a group of men exited the hotel, Baker flicked his cigarette at them and started a verbal argument as he approached one of the men. Another man in the group, 27-year-old Robert Sickles, stepped in between his brother and the defendant to prevent the situation from escalating into a fight. Continue reading