Jury convicts Patrick Lee Baca of Exeter for his part in the 2015 murder of his cousin
VISALIA – An Exeter man faces life in prison after being convicted of for his part in the murder of his cousin. A Tulare County jury convicted Patrick Lee Baca, 41, of Exeter of second degree murder on Jan. 18.
According to the Tulare County District Attorney’s office, an argument began amongst Baca’s family in Porterville in the evening of July 26, 2015. Baca brandished a knife and punched the victim, a 37-year-old male, and knocked him to the ground. When Baca and the victim got to their feet, a juvenile cousin stabbed the victim once in the chest, piercing his heart. The victim died at the scene from massive blood loss. Both Baca and the juvenile fled, but were later arrested by law enforcement.
The juvenile’s case has been adjudicated in juvenile court. Baca faces 55 years-to-life in prison. He previously convicted of armed robbery of a taxi driver in 2001 and battery causing serious injury in 1998. Both convictions are considered “strikes” under California’s “Three Strikes Law.” Judge Antonio Reyes will sentence Baca on February 16, 2018, in Department 19 of the Tulare County Superior Court in Porterville.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Eric Scott of the Special Crimes Division and investigated by the Porterville Police Department.