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Enid Man Receives Life in Prison After 2019 Murder

(Enid, OK) After pleading guilty to first-degree murder last week, an Enid man received a life sentence Thursday morning.

32-year-old Cory Mike Sanchez was charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit a felony in the death of 41-year-old Diana Aide Baez in September of 2019.

On July 21st, Sanchez entered a guilty plea and received a life sentence on Thursday with all but the first 35 years suspended for one count of first-degree murder and 10 years for a count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

Sanchez will receive credit for the time he’s already served, and the sentences will run concurrently. Two other charges filed against Sanchez were dismissed, by the request of the state.

In the early morning hours of Sept. 11th, 2019, Baez was beaten and stabbed at her home on West Pine and died three days later on Sept. 14th at OU Medical Center.

The three children, who were at the home on the night of the fatal invasion, told responding EPD officers that masked men forced their way inside, attacked Baez and fled before police arrived at the scene.

Five people were charged with counts of first-degree murder and conspiracy in relation to Baez’ death: Sanchez; 28-year old Luis Octavio Macias, 49-year-old Eva Meraz-Corral. 35-year-old Leoncio Hernandez and 29-year-old Michael Anthony Huerta.

According to online court records, Meraz-Corral pleaded guilty to the counts on June 4th and was sentenced to life with all but the first 30 years suspended for the first-degree murder count and 10 years for the count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

Macias is scheduled for a bond appearance on Aug. 9th with a jury trial, currently set for Nov. 9th; Hernandez’s next court appearance is Aug. 11th, and he’s scheduled for a jury trial on Aug. 23rd; and Huerta’s next court date is Sept. 27th.