A convicted felon on probation who shot an Aurora man in the head and dumped his body in a ditch will serve life in prison without parole for the crime.

William Ardoin
Aurora Police Department
William Ardoin

William Ardoin, 35, was sentenced Oct. 3 after being convicted of first-degree murder in the shooting death of 44-year-old Erik Baker, according to a news release from the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Ardoin also was convicted of tampering with a deceased body and tampering with evidence.

On Jan. 1, 2018, Baker’s mother called police to report him missing. His body was found two days later, the news release said.

A police investigation found that Baker and Ardoin knew each other and did business together. But their relationship was not always friendly.

A friend had driven Baker to Ardoin’s Kenton Street house on New Year’s Eve. As soon as Ardoin opened the door, he opened fire on Baker. Baker died from a gunshot to the head, the news release said.

“There was no argument, struggle or words exchanged,” the release said.

Ardoin enlisted family to help cover-up the shooting and to hide the body. Six others have been charged in connection to the case although the DA’s office did not provide an update on those charges.

The news release quoted Arapahoe County District Court Judge Ryan Stuart, saying “Here on Earth, the jury was your judge. You murdered Erik Baker, you shot him in the head. You stripped him of his dignity and his clothes and left him in a ditch.”