Lake City man sentenced to 90 days in jail for carrying a gun as a convicted felon


GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Dejhan Malik Baker, 21, of Lake City, has been sentenced to 90 days in the Alachua County Jail after entering a plea of nolo contendere to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A Gainesville Police Department officer responded to a call on February 20, 2023, about a suspicious person behind Mother’s Pub and Grill, near 1200 SW 1st Avenue, at about 1:30 a.m. A witness said a person was standing around for about 45 minutes and selling narcotics; the officer called for backup, and while he waited, the witness said the suspicious person had left because of the police presence.

When backup arrived, the officer began patrolling the area and saw Baker, who did not match the description of the suspicious person. However, as officers approached, Baker allegedly reached for his waistband, and when officers shined flashlights on him, he dropped a 9mm pistol in a holster to the ground. Baker reached for the firearm but was told not to pick it up, and then he allegedly ran.

Baker was apprehended after a foot chase and placed under arrest. After the officer checked his identity, he learned that Baker is a convicted felon who was released from state prison on January 26 after serving an 18-month prison sentence for willful child abuse and that he also has a Protection Order stating that he cannot possess a firearm.

Baker was initially charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm by a person subject to an injunction, and resisting arrest without violence. He was later officially charged only with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Baker has a juvenile history and one adult felony conviction. His plea deal resulted in a 90-day sentence and payment of $100 in court costs. The statutory maximum sentence for the charge is 15 years.

  • How does the Democrat Party intend to stop so called gun violence when they give 90 day sentences to convicted felons carrying firearms?

    • The more important question is what prosecutor floated that deal to defense counsel.

  • 90 days, a far cry from the max. 15 years. Convicted felons don’t carry them for no reason. Just waiting to break bad & shoot somebody.

    • He was probably offered a job as a Violence Iinterrupted at $400 a week. Crime does pay here in Gangsville. Just sayin…

  • Judge Jaworski strikes again- he’s the judge who went easy on this guy…to nobody’s surprise.
    Only judge worse than him is Walter “green-light” Green.

    • I have found Jaws to be pretty tough usually,. There are exceptions, but just reading it in the AC I don’t have all the facts of course.

  • They need to put the fear of god in these felons who are prohibited from having guns…this is his last chance. 90 days this time, mandatory 5 years next time. He’s all out of chances.

  • We used to give people 3-5 years for this crime. Now they get a couple months in jail. Ever since St. George we have been allowing the criminals to run rampant. This country may soon be too far gone to fix.

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