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Man pleads guilty to ambush slaying

Tyrone Baker was sentenced to 189 to 236 months in prison for the August 2006 shooting death of Adam Lutz. Four other people already have been convicted in the case.

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DURHAM, N.C. — A Durham man pleaded guilty Monday to ambushing and killing a Roxboro man two years ago.

Tyrone Lamont Baker, 20, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the Aug. 8, 2006, shooting death of Adam Christopher Lutz. He was sentenced to 189 to 236 months in prison.

Lutz, 20, was lured to a Durham neighborhood for a drug deal while Hunt and another man were waiting in some nearby woods, prosecutors said. Then, they said, the two men then shot Lutz in the back of the head while he sat in his car.

Michael Harrison Hunt Jr., 20, was sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him in March of murdering Lutz.

Nicole L. Smith, 18, who prosecutors said set the trap for Lutz, was allowed to plead guilty last October to conspiracy to commit armed robbery in exchange for her testimony against Hunt and Baker.

Janeen Webb, 17, and Stephen Kyle Knight, 20, pleaded guilty in October to felony obstruction of justice in the case for helping Hunt and Baker flee the area in a getaway car.