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Ex-coroner pleads guilty to assault

A former Letcher County official has pleaded guilty to charges he hit and bit his ex-girlfriend last month.

Marty Alan Baker, 44, who was coroner for five years before he resigned last year, was sentenced to six months, probated for two years.

Baker was charged with fourth degree assault with minor injury after allegedly head-butting, biting and kicking Brittany Boggs on Sunday, October 14.

Baker, of Thicket Branch, turned himself in at the Letcher County Jail on October 26 after being told by police that there was a warrant for his arrest.

Boggs, of Cumberland, who is a nurse and works with Baker at Whitesburg ARH, obtained the warrant the day of Baker’s arrest saying the incident occurred 12 days earlier.

Since Boggs obtained the warrant herself, neither Kentucky State Police nor the Letcher County Sheriff ’s Department had a case open on the incident. Trooper Jody Sims at the Hazard KSP post said there is no record of a 9-1-1 call.

Boggs swore in the warrant that Baker pulled her hair and then later head-butted her “four or five times, busting her nose and putting a big knot on her forehead.” The warrant then says Baker held her down on a bar and bit her all over her body and held her up against the wall and kicked her legs “several times.”

Baker was to attend a hearing on a domestic violence order Nov. 7. Instead, he pleaded guilty and District Judge Kevin Mullins dismissed the emergency protective order against him.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Burton served the warrant on Baker, and he was released from jail the same afternoon on a $50,000 property bond. He remained free pending trial on conditions that he have no contact with Boggs, make no social media posts of any kind about her or the case, that he not violate any laws, and that he make all scheduled court appearances. His probation terms require that he have no communications or contact with Boggs.

Baker is a registered nurse and night shift supervisor at the Whitesburg Hospital. He served as Letcher County Coroner from 2010-2015, when he resigned just nine months after being sworn in for a second term.

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