Crime & Courts

Man sentenced to 21 years in killing of Wichita State student

Wichita police investigate the murder of Rayan Ibrahim Baba on Aug. 8, 2015, in the parking lot of the Fairmount Towers dormitory on Wichita State’s campus.
Wichita police investigate the murder of Rayan Ibrahim Baba on Aug. 8, 2015, in the parking lot of the Fairmount Towers dormitory on Wichita State’s campus. File photo

A man who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a Wichita State University international student last year was ordered Thursday to spend more than 21 years in prison for second-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

Prosecutors say Isaiah Copridge was one of two people who met 23-year-old Rayan Ibrahim Baba at WSU student dormitory Fairmount Towers on Aug. 8, about an hour before a passerby found Baba lying alone in the parking lot and dying from multiple gunshot wounds.

A court document released in December said Baba had contacted Copridge’s co-defendant, Eboni Fingal, about sexual services she was advertising online about 30 minutes before his death. Cellphone tracking technology placed both in the parking lot with Baba around the time of the shooting.

Fingal, 20, is facing a Feb. 29 jury trial on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. She has pleaded not guilty in the case.

Sedgwick County District Judge Ben Burgess gave Copridge a total sentence of 21 years, one month for his role in Baba’s killing – 253 months on the murder charge and 59 months for the aggravated robbery charge, to be served concurrently. The judge’s ruling follows the prison sentence that attorneys recommended Copridge receive in his plea agreement.

Baba was from Saudi Arabia. His homicide was WSU’s first since 1993.

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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