Disgraced ex-Gallatin sheriff life sentences confirmed
In an Order released yesterday, Former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond M. Martin, 52 had his two consecutive federal life sentences affirmed for charges relating to his drug trafficking while in office.
The former Sheriff was convicted of 15 counts stemming from his distribution of marijuana in office, carrying a firearm during his drug trafficking offenses, and trying to have 2 witnesses against him in the drug case killed after he was arrested.
Martin remained sheriff while being held in federal custody because he refused to resign.
The Seventh Circuit Court of appeals confirmed the life sentences.
The Seventh Circuit rejected the argument that the life sentences were unreasonable as "Martin's 'betrayal of the public trust and the people that (he) was elected to serve... was unforgivable'."
BENTON, Ill. (AP) - A resentencing date has been set for a former southern Illinois sheriff originally ordered to serve a life sentence in a drug-trafficking case that alleged he plotted to have witnesses against him killed.