Floyd Prison in­mate killed in Bar­tow in­ci­dent

The Standard Journal - - POLICE & FIRE - By Doug Walker [email protected]

A Bar­tow County man that was serv­ing time at the Floyd County Prison while wait­ing to be placed into a work-re­lease pro­gram was killed in a tragic in­ci­dent in Cartersville last week.

Ac­cord­ing to War­den Mike Long:

Lester Robert Baker, 43, of Cartersville, had vol­un­teered for a san­i­ta­tion de­tail in Cartersville last Wed­nes­day, Dec. 26, 2018, to help with the large amount of waste put out the day af­ter Christ­mas.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred near the in­ter­sec­tion of Church Street and Jones Street in Cartersville. The Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol was asked to take the lead in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent that oc­curred some­time shortly af­ter lunch.

Baker was found on the ground be­tween the san­i­ta­tion truck and a util­ity pole, how­ever no ad­di­tional de­tails were avail­able last week be­fore press time.

War­den Long said the GSP Col­li­sion Re­con­struc­tion Team was con­duct­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion to fig­ure out ex­actly what hap­pened.

“He was a re­ally good in­mate,” Long said. “He was al­ways will­ing to work and never gave us any prob­lems.”

The war­den said that Baker had been trans­ferred from an­other in­sti­tu­tion to the prison on Black’s Bluff Road where he was be­ing tran­si­tioned into a work-re­lease pro­gram that helps pre­pare in­mates for re-in­te­gra­tion into so­ci­ety.

“He hadn’t got­ten there yet, but he would have been ex­cel­lent at it,” Long said.

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