Dakota County Attorney Kathy Keena announced that Robert Lee Baker, age 30 of St. Paul, has been sentenced to 438 months in prison by Judge Michael Mayer in connection with a fatal shooting in Eagan, of 29-year-old Maurice Antonio Anderson of Minneapolis, on November 9, 2020. Baker was convicted of Murder in the Second Degree (With Intent) (Not Premeditated) by a Dakota County Jury on April 4, 2022. The count of Manslaughter was dismissed. Baker also received a 60 month concurrent prison sentence for Possession of Firearm by Ineligible Person (Prior Crime of Violence Conviction), an offense that he pled guilty to prior to the jury trial.
The following is a summary of the facts contained in the criminal complaint:
Around 9:00 p.m. on November 9, 2020, Eagan police officers responded to a report of shots fired at a hotel in Eagan. One of the callers indicated there was a male laying on the ground outside the hotel, another caller reported a red car leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Officers arrived and after attempts to revive Mr. Anderson, he died at the scene. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined that Mr. Anderson had a total of 11 gunshot wounds.
Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as J.M.A., and the front seat passenger as Baker. Both occupants were arrested. J.M.A. told police that she and Baker had gone to an Eagan hotel to meet up with J.S., a friend of J.M.A.'s. After J.S. came outside and got into the backseat of the car, two males with handguns got into the backseat on either side of J.S. and told them to drive. J.M.A. said she drove to an adjacent hotel parking lot, pulled over, and the males then got out of the car and robbed her and Baker. J.M.A. believed Baker got out of the car and shortly after heard shooting. When the shooting had stopped, Baker jumped back into the car. They drove J.S. back to where she was staying and were stopped by police.
Baker initially confirmed that J.S. got into the car with them and then two males got in who robbed them. Baker denied knowing what happened during the shooting, only saying he heard shots. He then said that after they were robbed, the suspects ran away, and he got out of the car and chased them with a gun and yelled at them to give him his stuff back. Baker said that both males who had robbed him pointed guns at him, and he fired his gun striking one of the males. He did not recall how many times he fired and said he placed the gun he used, a .40 caliber handgun, in a backpack that was in the vehicle he was stopped in. Officer searched the vehicle and located a .40 caliber handgun and a BB gun.
Officers were unable to locate a firearm near the Victim, however, officers did find 16 discharged cartridge casings consistent with the .40 caliber handgun Baker admitted he used to shoot the Victim. The casings were found in multiple areas at the scene, consistent with Baker's claim that he chased the Victim as he was shooting him. There were no other types of discharge cartridge casings located at the scene.
When questioned about the BB gun, Baker admitted that after he shot the Victim, he collected J.M.A.'s phone and the gun the Victim used for the robbery.
Officers spoke with J.S., who said that shortly after she got in the car, two males got in the backseat with guns, and one of the males said to Baker, “Remember me, bitch?". The two males robbed them, then got out of the car and started running. Baker got out of the car with a gun and started chasing the two males, firing his gun multiple times. He got back in the car eventually and said “I got the ……..".
Baker was not allowed to possess a firearm as a result of his criminal history.
Additional facts pertaining to this case can be found in the criminal complaint at Criminal Complaint Search. A previous news release can be viewed at County Attorney News Releases. While in custody, a mug shot can be viewed at Inmate Search.
Keena extended her sympathy to the family and friends of Maurice Anderson.
Keena thanked Tori Stewart and Cory Monnens, the Assistant County Attorneys who prosecuted this case. Keena also thanked the Eagan Police Department for their investigation.
If you have questions, contact Kathy Keena at 651-438-4440.