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CARROLTON (AP) – The deputy of an Ohio sheriff who fatally shot and killed a man after a traffic stop was acquitted of the voluntary killing.

Carroll County MP Jacob Baker, 30, threatened up to 11 years in prison if convicted in November 2019. But a district jury returned a not guilty verdict late Friday afternoon after receiving the case earlier in the day.

Baker fatally shot and killed Robert Sikon III, 41, of Carrollton after the two men “scramble” before Sikon ran and was shot in the back. According to the authorities, an arrest warrant was issued in September 2019 against Sikon, who was accused of not paying child support.

Baker’s attorney Kimberly Corral told jury that Sikon reached for the deputy duty belt near his weapon during the fight and DNA was found on the holster attached to his belt. The prosecutors countered that Sikon had no weapon and “was shot in the back four times that day for running away.”

Baker has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting. It was not clear today if and when he could go back to work. He served as a deputy in Carroll County for 15 months prior to the shooting and a year earlier in the village of Carrollton.

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