Former State Senator Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Case

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Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud in a local U.S. District Court.

Baker, 62, of Conway, appeared Thursday morning before Magistrate Judge Patricia Harris.

He was indicted earlier this month in an investigation that has already led to a conviction and prison term for former Circuit Judge Michael Maggio.

Baker, a former chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party and a former executive officer at the University of Central Arkansas, will remain free until his next hearing.

A trial date has been set for Feb. 25.

If found guilty, Baker faces years in prison and hefty court fines.

Some of the conditions of Baker’s release include:
No alcohol use
Must seek rehab treatment
Cannot violate any laws
Must surrender passport
Must provide a DNA sample, if requested
Must report address change

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