“Brad’s death had a devastating impact on my mother, who became consumed at first with trying to understand why, and then depressed when no answers could be found. She searched high and low, and tried mightily to cope with the pain of losing her eldest son. Both of my grandmothers grieved at the loss of a grandson who had brought both of them many years of joy, laughter and love.” — from victim’s sister, Blythe Joy Patenaude in her “Family Impact Statement.”
My family and my community of friends and colleagues, on and off my farm, have suffered the effects of years of investigation, rumors, invasion of privacy and incompleteness.
— Andrea Currier, who employed Mr. Baker at Kinloch Farm
Baker Murder Case
• Defendant: Ronald Richard Cloud, 66, serving life sentence for abduction and rape since 1988 in West Virginia.
• Victim: Brad Baker, 30, manager of Kinloch Farm east of The Plains.
• Details: Mr. Baker suffered shotgun wounds to head and groin Dec. 31, 1980, in his house at Kinloch. He died the next day.
• Investigation: Led to four felony charges, including first-degree murder, against Mr. Cloud in January 2013.
• Plea: Guilty to first-degree murder Thursday, Sept. 4, in Fauquier County Circuit Court. Prosecution dropped three other charges.
• Sentence: Life without parole, imposed same day as the plea. Mr. Cloud returned to West Virginia prison.
• Defense attorney: Katherine Martell and Meredith Ralls of FirstPoint Law Group in Fairfax
• Prosecutor: Commonwealth’s Attorney James P. Fisher and Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Jamey Cook
• Judge: Herman A. Whisenant Jr.
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