After several delays, due to mitigating witness schedules among other things, the re-sentencing hearing for a now 21-year old Loogootee man convicted of murder will be held this morning in Fayette County Court. Clifford W. Baker was found guilty of first degree murder in the deaths of John Michael Mahon and Debra Tish as well as the home invasion of Steve and Randi Krajefska in August of 2011. Baker, who was 15 at the time he committed the murders and home invasion, was sentenced to serve natural life in prison for each count of murder and 30 years in prison for each count of home invasion. The case was reviewed in 2015 by the Fifth District Appellate Court as Baker challenged “the constitutionality of the automatic transfer provisions in the Juvenile Court Act, the constitutionality of the sentencing scheme as applied to juvenile defendants, the propriety of certain procedural and evidentiary rulings by the trial court, and the ineffectiveness of his trial counsel.” In ruling on the matter, the appellate court affirmed part of and vacated part of the original sentencing. The case was remanded back to Fayette County Court for new sentencing hearing due to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Miller v. Alabama that states a mandatory natural life sentence on a person under 18 violates the 8th amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment. In the matter of the three home invasion charges, the appellate court found that one of the three home invasion charges must be vacated as only one of the two home invasion charges concerning Mahon and Tish are supported under the one-act, one-crime rule. The more serious of the two home invasion charges will be kept while the less serious charge will be vacated. While the court is required to hold today’s re-sentencing hearing as part of the appellate court ruling, Baker’s convictions do remain in place.