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[T] Baker v. State

July 21, 1998

JOHNNY BAKER A/K/A JOHNNIE R. BAKER, APPELLANT
v.
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, APPELLEE



Baker v. State, 96-KA-00688-COA

THIS OPINION IS NOT DESIGNATED FOR PUBLICATION AND MAY NOT BE CITED, PURSUANT TO M.R.A.P. 35-B

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 05/16/96

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. ROBERT LEWIS GIBBS

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: HINDS COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

NATURE OF THE CASE: CRIMINAL - FELONY

TRIAL COURT DISPOSITION: CONVICTION OF SALE OF COCAINE: SENTENCED AS A HABITUAL OFFENDER TO SERVE 30 YEARS WHICH IS TO RUN CONSECUTIVE TO ANY SENTENCE PREVIOUSLY IMPOSED

MOTION FOR REHEARING FILED:

CERTIORARI FILED:

MANDATE ISSUED:

BEFORE McMILLIN, P.J., HERRING, AND HINKEBEIN, JJ.

McMILLIN, P.J., FOR THE COURT:

This is an appeal from a criminal conviction of sale of cocaine. A Hinds County Circuit Court jury convicted the defendant, Johnny Baker, of the crime. He raises four issues before this Court that he contends require a reversal of his conviction. We disagree and affirm.

I.

Facts

The State's proof consisted primarily of the testimony of three police officers. One officer was operating undercover and testified that a confidential informant riding with him was sent to attempt to purchase illicit drugs from Baker. He testified that Baker claimed to be without any drugs for sale at the time. However, Baker rode with them to another location where Baker, using the undercover officer's money, purchased five rocks of crack cocaine from another individual known to Baker. According to the officer, Baker then delivered four of the rocks to the officer and kept the fifth as compensation for his assistance in facilitating the ...


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