Shoals man gets 133 years in 2015 double homicide


SHOALS — A 36-year-old Shoals-area man was sentenced to 133 years in prison last week in a 2015 double homicide that occurred in Dover Hill, north of Shoals.


Nathan K. Baker, 36, of rural Shoals, had been convicted in June of the Aug. 26, 2015, shooting deaths of Alan Sims, 82, of 8030 Fred Sims Road, Shoals, and Tom Tharp, 52, of 8720 Cale Road, Shoals. He was found guilty of two Level 1 felony murder counts, two Level 4 felony burglary counts and a Level 6 felony count of auto theft.

Last week, in Martin Circuit Court, he received 60 years each for the murder counts, six years each for the burglary counts and one year for the auto theft charge, all to run consecutively.

The murders were uncovered two years ago as law enforcement officers in Martin County searched for Tharp, who had been reported missing by his family.

The bodies of Tharp and Sims were found on the latter’s property. Investigators were informed that Baker had previously lived on Sims’ property. He was said to have been asked to leave but had come back multiple times in the previous days before the homicides.

Baker was arrested after crashing Tharp’s 1997 Pontiac Sunfire during a pursuit in Lawrence County.

Martin County Prosecutor Mike Steiner and Indiana State Police from the Jasper Post worked diligently to ensure closure and justice for the families of the deceased, state police posted on social media this week.

Baker has advised authorities he wishes to appeal. The Martin County court found him to be indigent last week and appointed a law firm to represent him for appellate purposes.

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