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UPDATED: Martin guilty of strangling Amanda Gibson to death

Melissa Topey • Mar 1, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Barring any appeals, Michael Martin will spend at least the next 15 years in prison for the murder of 25-year-old Amanda Gibson.

Jurors in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Monday found Martin, 54, guilty of murder in Gibson’s death.

The conviction carries a life sentence, with the possibility of parole after 15 years.

They also convicted him on two counts of tampering with evidence, with each count carrying a sentence of up to five years. 

He’s scheduled to be sentenced March 16.

Martin strangled Gibson on June 7 and dumped her body by a fishing pond along Smith Road in southern Erie County.

Jurors deliberated for two days before reaching their verdict shortly after 11:30 a.m.

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