Vineland man withdraws guilty plea 15 years later

    A Vineland man who pleaded guilty to a double homicide in 1994 has withdrawn his plea.

    Jason Baker pleaded guilty in 1995 and was sentenced to two life sentences without the the chance for parole in the first 60 years. But his attorney says new evidence, coupled with a misunderstanding of his plea, warrants a second look.

    One of the other defendants involved in the home invasion/double murder reportedly testified Baker’s shooting of George McLoughlin was not the man’s cause of death, the News of Cumberland County reports.A subsequent stabbing by convicted accomplice Luis Beltran resulted in McLoughlin’s death.

    A judge will review the case and determine if an evidentiary hearing should occur.

     

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