St. Leonard Man Sentenced in Animal Cruelty Case

On March 1, 2021, Matthew James Baker, 30, of Saint Leonard was sentenced to 2 years active incarceration at the Division of Corrections.  As part of his sentence, Baker is prohibited from owning, possessing, or residing with any animal.

Baker entered a guilty plea back in November 2020 to felony aggravated animal cruelty for having chased the family cat into a bedroom at the home and beating it to death with a metal object.

Calvert County State’s Attorney, Robert Harvey, wishes to commend Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Monte, Dep. James Sturdivant of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office, Calvert County Animal Control, and Investigator Mike Moore of the State’s Attorney’s Office for their work on this case.