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* Jamie Batiste Sentenced to 50 Years to Life For Murdering Faith Blevins

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A 27-year-old Antioch man was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison today for shooting his former girlfriend to death as she lay in her bed in Antioch two years ago, Deputy District Attorney Jason Peck said. Jamie Batiste was convicted in December of first-degree murder with an enhancement for the use of a gun in connection with the death of 29-year-old Faith Blevins. Blevins was shot six times at close range early the morning of  Oct. 16, 2007, inside her home at 908 W. Eighth St. The night before the shooting, Blevins received information that Batiste was planning to shoot up her house with her children inside. Fearing for their safety, Blevins brought her 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son over to a friend’s house to spend the night, Peck said during the trial. When she returned home, Blevins turned off the lights to make it look like she wasn’t home and eventually went to bed. Blevins’ roommate was in her room with her daughter when she heard someone kick open the door and then heard shots fired, Peck said. Terrified, she waited until morning and then found Blevins shot to death in her bed. She called police and told them Batiste had killed her, Peck said. Police arrested Batiste the next day and he eventually confessed to killing Blevins, but said he did it in self-defense, Peck said. Batiste’s attorney, Chris Varnell, argued during trial that police had coerced Batiste into confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. He said there was as much evidence against Batiste as there was against his friend, Jose Hernandez, who allegedly drove Batiste to Blevins’ house the night of the shooting.

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