But eventually, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes recommended that the case be thrown out. Sandy Silverstein, a spokesman for Hynes, told CNN that Ranta will be brought back to Brooklyn from a prison upstate on Thursday. There, he'll await the judge's decision on his fate.
CNN's calls to Pierre Sussman, Ranta's current lawyer, were not immediately returned.
Although Baum had been working with district attorney's investigators for months, he wasn't sure of what Hynes had decided until he read about it.
"I actually didn't know the end result. I prayed and prayed when I read it in the paper this morning. There were tears coming out of my eyes," he said.