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Jurors convict woman of plotting husband's murder

The victim's nephew and sister also pleaded guilty to charges related to the August 2017 killing.
Credit: Weld County

GREELEY, Colo. — A Greeley woman will spend the rest of her life in prison for plotting her husband’s murder in 2017, the 19th Judicial District said.

A Weld County jury found Kelly Baker, 49, guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder after a nearly three-week trial. 

In addition to the life sentence, Baker was sentenced to an additional 48 years on the conspiracy charge.

RELATED: Affidavit: Family members plotted Greeley man's murder

Randy Baker was killed at the couple's Greeley home on Aug. 16, 2017. Kelly Baker and the victim's sister, Carol Baker, planned the murder for several months during the summer of 2017, the DA's office said.

Last May, Carol’s son, 38-year-old Kelly Raisley, confessed to shooting and killing his uncle and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder. 

Credit: PD
Mug shot of Kelly Raisley

He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in the Colorado Department of Corrections. 

Investigators said Baker paid her nephew between $10,000 and $13,000 and gave him a motorcycle in return for the murder.

Raisley’s mother, Carol Baker, plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced in January to 30 years in DOC.

Mug shots of Kelly Lynn Baker (L) and Carol Lyn Baker (R).

A previously released arrest affidavit reveals a long feud between Randy Baker and his sister Carol Baker. A lifelong friend of Randy Baker described Carol Baker as "evil" and told police the pair "have been at odds with one another since childhood," the document says. 

That same friend also noted that Carol Baker and Randy Baker's wife Kelly Baker "have been close friends for nearly two decades."

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