New Year's Eve Killer Found Guilty of Murder

Mission Viejo resident Robert Sickles was murdered New Year's Day 2011, says jury.

A Mission Viejo man was murdered on New Year's Day 2011, a jury decided Wednesday.

Dana Point resident Adam Randy Baker, 24, was convicted today of second-degree murder for the killing of 27-year-old Robert Sickles, an Air Force veteran, during a New Year's party in Costa Mesa in 2011.

Read about Robert Sickles' public memorial in 2011 here.

Baker was also convicted of attempted murder for stabbing Sickles' friend, Brian McTeigue, around 2 a.m. Jan. 1, 2011, at the Costa Mesa Hilton.

Baker's sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

In total, Baker was convicted of three felonies:

  • Second-degree murder
  • Attempted murder
  • Use of a deadly weapon while commiting a felony

Second-degree murder carries a sentence of 15 years to life. Baker faces 24 years to life in prison, Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy told City News Service.

After the jury read their verdict, Baker was handcuffed and taken to jail, CNS said.

Here's a statement from Robert Sickles' father, Jim Sickles, who told CNS he had "a constant butterfly in the stomach feeling" while waiting for the verdict.

Those 12 people told us today what we knew all along. We knew the character of our son and no verdict would change that, but those 12 people reinforced that feeling. A huge burden is lifted. (Baker) finally got what he should have got two years ago.

Do you have a message for the victim's family? Tell us in the comments below.

Wendy Bucknum December 13, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Thank you for putting Roberts picture up on this story. Please keep the entire family in your thoughts and prayers as they go through this next phase of their loss.
imcjl December 13, 2012 at 03:56 PM
Let's see what a tough guy Baker is in prison without his buddies or knives to embolden him. Enjoy the next quarter of a century with like-minded people...
FMS December 21, 2012 at 12:16 AM
imcjl, your a dick. YOU were not there, and OBVIOUSLY the people put up in the stand to speak about the stickles were INTOXICATED like everyone else that night.
G. N. December 24, 2012 at 03:50 AM
The video made it very clear that Mr. Baker was at fault. Anyone who was there to hear the testimonies would realize justice was indeed done.


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