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Adam Randy Baker, of Dana Point, sentenced to more than 18 years for stabbings at Costa Mesa hotel

By Andrea Papagianis

A Dana Point man was sentenced today to 18 years and eight months in prison for killing one man and injuring another outside a Costa Mesa hotel on New Year’s Eve in 2011, authorities said.

Adam Randy Baker, 26, was found guilty in December of second degree murder and the use of a deadly weapon in the stabbing of 27-year-old Air Force veteran, Robert Sickles, after a party at the Hilton Hotel, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.

Baker was also found guilty of attempted murder in the stabbing of Sickels’ friend Brian McTeigue.

According to the DA’s Office, early on January 1, 2011, Baker was sitting on a bench outside the Hilton Hotel in Costa Mesa after attending a publicized New Year’s Eve party. Baker reportedly flicked his cigarette at a group of men leaving the hotel and started a verbal argument with one of them. Sickles was among those in the group and stepped between Baker and his brother, David Sickles.

Baker approached Robert Sickles and began a physical fight, the report said. He then proceeded to pull a knife, slash Sickles across the chest and stab him. McTeigue tried to intervene and was stabbed one time in the back, authorities said.

Sickles and McTeigue were transported to Western Medical Center. Sickles was pronounced dead on arrival. McTeigue was treated and later released.

At today’s sentencing, Sickles’ family members and friends gave their statements before the court. Baker is currently being held at the Central Men’s Jail in Santa Ana, county records show.

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