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Third suspect in 2018 murder of Boone County deputy is sentenced

John Baldwin receives 40 year sentence
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Posted at 9:55 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 22:05:27-05

LEBANON — It's been almost three years since Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett was shot to death while chasing a suspect through the streets of Lebanon.

Monday, the third and final suspect directly connected to the shooting was sentenced. Under terms of a plea agreement, 31-year-old John Baldwin will spend 24-years in prison, 11 in community correction and five on probation.

According to the Boone County Prosecutor, Baldwin pleaded guilty to dealing in methamphetamine, resisting law enforcement, and being a habitual offender. Other charges, including murder, were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Anthony Baumgardt, the primary suspect in the March 2018 murder of Deputy Pickett, has already pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence, without the possibility of parole.

Another suspect, John Ball, was sentenced to 46-years for providing the gun that was used in the shooting.

Deputy Pickett, who was 34, was shot in the head by Baumgardt during a chase. Police had gone to a house of Yates Street in Lebanon to serve a warrant in an unrelated case. It was there that officers spotted Baumgardt who was wanted on a drug-related charge.

Baldwin and Baumgardt got into a car and took off, with police in pursuit. Baumgardt eventually got out of the vehicle and began to run, during which he shot the deputy.