A North Side man was sentenced Thursday to life in prison with no chance of parole for 18 years for fatally stabbing his girlfriend in the apartment they shared and hiding the murder weapon.
Jared T. Ferguson, 38, was convicted earlier this month by a Franklin County jury of murder and tampering with evidence in the March 24, 2019, death of 60-year-old Lisa Baker.
Common Pleas Judge Chris Brown imposed the sentence, which included a mandatory term of life without the chance of parole for 15 years for the murder, plus three years for the tampering charge.
Testimony established that Ferguson and Baker lived together in the Duncan Street apartment where her body was found.
Officers who responded to the scene arrested Ferguson when he wandered past the building on the sidewalk.
The key witness for the prosecution was one of Ferguson’s friends, who testified that Ferguson showed him the body in a back bedroom of the apartment.
The apartment complex was notorious for drug activity, officers testified, and drug users frequented Ferguson and Baker’s apartment.
A knife found in a locked closet contained the victim’s blood. On the knife’s handle, a mixture of DNA was found, much of which came from Ferguson, the investigation determined.