The three-judge panel did find there wasn’t enough evidence for the jury to have convicted Martin of a firearm specification that added one year to the end of his minimum sentence.
But he’ll still have to serve out at least 25 — rather than 26 — years in prison before he’s eligible for parole. In March 2011, Erie County Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette sentenced Martin to the maximum sentence possible after a jury found him guilty of murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in the death of Amanda Gibson.
On June 7, 2010, Martin strangled to death Gibson when she was in his garage, collecting some of her belongings as she got ready to move back to New Jersey.
Then he dumped her body near a rural Erie County pond.
At trial, an acquaintance of Martin’s said if Gibson didn’t engage with sexual relations with him, Martin said he would hit her in the head and throw her in a ditch.
Martin claimed members of a motorcycle gang killed Gibson in his garage, and he simply moved her body when he got scared.
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