The sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge James O. Browning on Wednesday included a “vulnerable victims” enhancement because Javier Molina was unable to protect himself when he was stabbed 43 times by several gang members in his prison cell at the Southern New Mexico Correctional facility just west of Las Cruces.
Baca, known as “Pup,” was convicted in March 2018 of ordering the hit on the 34-year-old fellow gang member in 2014 because Molina was cooperating with law enforcement. He was also convicted of conspiracy to murder the two Corrections Department officials.
During the sentencing, Molina’s mother told the court, “I’ve waited a long time for this.” Gloria Molina then turned to Baca and said, “I’ll never forgive you.” But she said she would no longer think about him.
“You’re like a bowel movement to me, something to be flushed,” she said.
Before the sentencing, Baca’s attorney Marc Lowry argued his client is already serving a life sentence for a 1989 murder, so the additional life sentence should be concurrent.
“What’s the point of adding life sentence on top of life sentence?” Lowry asked. “He’s not going to make it out of federal prison.”