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Baxla Sentenced In Thrown Murder Weapon Case
Tuesday Aug 12, 2014 4:35am
Steuben County Courthouse • Angola, IN

By: Jim Measel

(ANGOLA) - A 19-year-old from Fremont was sentenced on Monday in Steuben Circuit Court after he admitted to throwing the gun used in a murder last summer out of a car window. Lucas Ray Baxla entered guilty pleas to obstruction of justice and to a conversion charge from an unrelated case involving the taking of chicken from a local store.

Baxla was given an 18 month sentence for obstruction of justice with all but six months suspended. His executed time has already been served. He was also placed on probation for one year and must perform 40 hours of community service.

Baxla was also given a one year suspended sentence on the conversion charge.
He will be allowed to petition the court at a later time to have the obstruction of justice charge reduced to a misdemeanor.

Steuben County authorities say the gun Baxla threw out of a car was used in the Jimmerson Lake killing of Ruben Sanchez Junior in July of 2013.

He was one of three defendants charged in connection with the case.

Mark Hines admitted to killing Sanchez. He was given a 45 year prison sentence last November.

Tyler Lee Biggs was told to serve 15 years of a 25 year sentence in June after he entered a guilty plea to a Class A felony of conspiracy to commit murder.

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