Appeals Court Upholds Life Sentence for Raymond Martin


By WSIL Manager

WSIL -- An appellate court has upheld the life sentences of former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin.

Martin, 51, was sentenced in January 2011 to two life terms in federal prison for selling drugs while on duty and tampering with witnesses. He appealed, claiming he didn't receive an impartial jury and the court didn't calculate sentencing guidelines correctly.

In August 2012, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh District upheld Martin's conviction but vacated his sentence due to a technicality. The case was then returned to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for re-sentencing.

In December 2012, Martin was once again sentenced to two life terms in prison.

In an order released Thursday, the Seventh Circuit upheld Martin's latest sentencing, noting that any argument that the sentences were unjustified would be "frivolous."

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Martin is currently housed in a U.S. penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona.





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