Man sentenced to life in prison in robbery, shooting of off-duty Oklahoma County sheriff's deputy

Christopher Travis Baker, 30, was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years after he ambushed Maj. John Waldenville in 2011 as he walked to make bank deposit for an Oklahoma City restaurant. Waldenville was shot in the face and lost his right eye.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 21, 2013 at 8:59 pm •  Published: February 22, 2013

Cathy Waldenville-Newman drove 12 hours from her home in Tennessee to address the man who shot her brother.

“You shot him … from behind, which is a very cowardly act on your part,” she said. “I firmly believe had you encountered him face to face we would not be here today for your sentencing.”

Waldenville's siblings said Thursday they have not seen him since August 2011, and are embroiled in a “messy” guardianship dispute with the deputy's wife.

“Prior to the shooting we were a very close-knit family,” Waldenville-Newman said in her statement.

Prosecutors said justice was “absolutely served” in the case.

“I applaud Judge Watson for imposing the sentence,” First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said.

Co-defendant Stephen Terrell Prince, 19, of Oklahoma City, pleaded guilty in December to one count of shooting with intent to kill and one count of robbery with a firearm.

He will be sentenced next month and could face up to life in prison.

Prince had a deal with prosecutors to testify at Baker's trial but refused to do so and forfeited a 17-year prison sentence.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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