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Jury returns guilty verdict for man charged in Florida Capitol threats

Posted at 9:50 AM, May 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-06 14:58:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The 12-person jury decided the fate of the Tallahassee man accused of trying to rally people to surround pro-Trump protesters with guns at the Florida Capitol. The jury's guilty verdict for Daniel Baker was returned Thursday afternoon.

The case took attorneys little more than a day to deliberate and jurors only four hours.

Baker was found guilty on two federal counts of using the internet to threaten armed protesters he thought would converge on the Florida Capitol in January.

The FBI provided an overview of Baker's recent behavior through his posts on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. They say his posts "escalated, indicating a potential for immediate threat during upcoming protests in Tallahassee."

Baker faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a $500,000 fine.