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Man sentenced to death for killing deputy adds life sentence

April 27, 2022 GMT
FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Steven Wiggins walks into the Circuit Court to be arraigned in the killing of Dickson County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker at the Dickson County Courthouse in Charlotte, Tenn. A jury on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, sentenced Wiggins to death for fatally shooting Baker in 2018 before setting fire to his patrol car with his body inside. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, File)
FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Steven Wiggins walks into the Circuit Court to be arraigned in the killing of Dickson County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker at the Dickson County Courthouse in Charlotte, Tenn. A jury on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, sentenced Wiggins to death for fatally shooting Baker in 2018 before setting fire to his patrol car with his body inside. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, File)
FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Steven Wiggins walks into the Circuit Court to be arraigned in the killing of Dickson County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker at the Dickson County Courthouse in Charlotte, Tenn. A jury on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, sentenced Wiggins to death for fatally shooting Baker in 2018 before setting fire to his patrol car with his body inside. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, File)
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Steven Wiggins walks into the Circuit Court to be arraigned in the killing of Dickson County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker at the Dickson County Courthouse in Charlotte, Tenn. A jury on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, sentenced Wiggins to death for fatally shooting Baker in 2018 before setting fire to his patrol car with his body inside. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, File)
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FILE - In this June 8, 2018, file photo, Steven Wiggins walks into the Circuit Court to be arraigned in the killing of Dickson County Sheriff's Sgt. Daniel Baker at the Dickson County Courthouse in Charlotte, Tenn. A jury on Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, sentenced Wiggins to death for fatally shooting Baker in 2018 before setting fire to his patrol car with his body inside. (Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean via AP, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man sentenced to death for fatally shooting a Tennessee sheriff’s deputy in 2018 before setting fire to his patrol car with his body inside is now facing an additional federal sentence of life in prison.

The sentence was handed down Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Nashville for Steven Wiggins. Last August, a jury sentenced Wiggins to death in state court in the May 2018 killing of Dickson County Sheriff’s Sgt. Daniel Baker.

The federal government had been seeking the death penalty as well. U.S. Attorney Mark Wildasin’s office says Wiggins pleaded guilty last month under a plea deal including a life sentence to the federal charges.

The federal sentence doesn’t change the state death sentence.

The grisly slaying set off a two-day manhunt.