Update: Patrick Bauldwin Sentenced To Life

The sentence...life with no chance of parole.

Patrick Bauldwin will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the 2006 killing of local actress Pasinetta Prince.

It was an emotional time for everyone involved. Two closely knit families that cared about each other, coupled with the tragic loss of Pasinetta Prince.

Bauldwin's family was obviously distraught after the sentencing.

"He's innocent...this is crazy," Bauldwin's sister Cathy sobbed as she left the courtroom.

On a bench outside the courtroom, Bauldwin's girlfriend sat in shock.

Christy Allen said she was with Bauldwin for about three years.

"When he was having the trial I was praying to God, praying to God, praying to God and then I prayed again that God would give him a less sentence but he got life," she said.

Meanwhile, Pasinetta's mother, Beverly Frazier, was coming to grips with loss of her daughter.

"Her life was taken for no reason. That did not have to happen," she said. "She did no harm to no one."

In court, Bauldwin spoke on his own behalf for about 15 minutes, saying Pasinetta's death was "not something I would do to someone I love."

He continually said the prosecution "misled the jury" adding that "all the facts were not given."

"I'm not guilty of this crime," Bauldwin said numerous times.

Prosecutor Matt Kuhse countered by saying Bauldwin has a "distorted view of the evidence."

Kuhse pointed out that despite Bauldwin's continual talk of being a person "in control" he was, in fact, "losing control over Pasinetta Prince."

"You left her to die on that cold floor in the basement," Kuhse said.

Judge Patrick Mullen said to Bauldwin, "you killed Pasinetta Prince by strangling her." The judge said the force was so "severe that the back of her larynx was badly bruised" and that it "took minutes where your (Bauldwin's) hands were around Pasinetta's neck causing her to pass out and die on the basement floor."

The judge then sentenced Bauldwin.

"Life in prison without parole will not bring her back but it gives Patrick time to think about what he has done." Beverly Frasier said.
"This is another person that cannot do any harm to anyone else any more."

Kuhse said the control Bauldwin spoke so often of in court is a big theme in domestic violence and that it is important for women to get help when trying to get out of an abusive relationship.

He said Pasinetta's death is an unfortunate example where someone exerts "the ultimate act of control over someone else" that they wind up taking their life.

Beverly Frazier said she plans to finally see the movie "For Colored Girls," a show her daughter wanted to audition for.

Although the movie's been out in Omaha for a few weeks, Beverly said she wanted to put the sentencing behind her before seeing the picture.

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