Hayes, Baker Sentenced in Dominick Calhoun Death
Corrine Baker and her former boyfriend Brandon Hayes were sentenced this afternoon in a Genesee County Circuit Court room for their roles in the April 2010 death of Baker's son, 4-year old Dominick Calhoun.
The packed courtroom heard Judge Richard Yuille sentence Hayes to 100-to-150 years in prison for the second degree murder conviction and life without parole for the two counts of felony murder. Yuille said Hayes' sentencing guidelines were "off the charts." Hayes also received lengthy sentences for the remaining seven counts including 60-90 years in prison for torture.
Baker was sentenced to 13-to-30 years for her second degree murder conviction and 2-to-4 years for her conviction of second degree child abuse.
After the sentencings were read, Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said "I hope today's sentencings allow the family of Dominick Calhoun to find some sense of closure after this very difficult and brutal tragedy." Leyton had charged Hayes, 26, with ten criminal counts including murder and torture in the beating death of Dominick Calhoun in an Argentine Township apartment over the course of a four day period in April 2010.
Due to the high publicity in the case against Brandon Hayes in Genesee County, the trial was moved to St. Clair County using St.Clair County jurors. In January, the jury found Hayes guilty on all counts levied against him. He was also convicted as a four-time habitual offender.