UPDATED: Martin guilty of strangling Amanda Gibson to death

Barring any appeals, Michael Martin will spend at least the next 15 years in prison for the murder of 25-year-old Amanda Gibson.
Melissa Topey
Mar 1, 2011

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.


Dick Tracey

So what do all of you Baxter haters have to say now?? Looks like he beat the big time Cleveland lawyer.


BTW There are Outlaws in jail, too, so good luck with that Mr. Martin!!

Julie R.

Oh gee, I'm impressed! Now how did Baxter ever convince the jury that it was not the Outlaws that murdered this young lady? I think this deserves the Prosecutor of the Year award! I'm even more impressed that they didn't even bring in any special prosecutors to handle it!

That said how come there's a possibility of parole after 15 years?  


to Julie R - you know I'm so sick of seeing you run down everyone in the court system.  If you've got a problem with someone or had a bad case and a legit problem go to the Bar Association's Greivance Committee with it!  The cases are handled by non-neighboring counties so there's no favoritism or bias claimed.  And if you think you can do better, either go to college and get a degree and get a job in the courts and do it yourself or get just get over yourself and SHUT UP! 

the fact remains this young girl is dead and I personally knew her.  She was a very sweet young woman that wouldn't have hurt anyone and was hurt in many ways prior to this time by someone other than Martin! Whether or not that's all related I don't know but it doesn't matter now Mandy's gone and the only ones that know the truth are her and her killer.

Julie R.

@candleburner: I don't run down everybody in the court system----just the corrupt clowns that deserve it!  (and I'll be running them and their dirty attorney buds down for the rest of my life)  I'm also sorry that this young girl is dead at the hands of this low-life piece of scum but giving credit to Kevin Baxter for the jury's decision is a JOKE!


 Re: Julie R.

Again you leave clues here on the blogs as to your true identity. You are an employee of the SR planted here to incite stupid, dumd blogs and stir the plot. You are good at your job! Collect your paycheck from the SR.

Woody Hayes

To candleburner: Save your time, you can't make sense to someone who has none.


Sorry for your loss.


since when does one get parole after 15 years for strangling someone?

that's what I think

Amanda Recieved justice and her family will by God's grace find comfort. Martin and Bollinger(Martin's girlfriend) have slandered everyone involved in this case. They were screaming to eveyone God don't like ugly and God' will be done, they were right ! Isn't karma great, they could'nt lie to God.

Dick Tracey

The Outlaws have a way of making their own karma.

Julie R.

I said the same thing---since when does one get parole after 15 years for murder? The disbarred attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner got 8 years for calling a corrupt old rent-a-judge corrupt and she didn't get any possibility of parole at all and this scum bag commits murder and could be back out on the streets again in 15 years?

@ candleburner: Where did you ever get your info from that Bar Association Grievance Committees are handled by non-neighboring counties? The Murrays now handle the Erie County Grievance Committee and before that it was another Sandusky law firm.


Julie:  Please read Section 2929.02 of the Ohio Revised Code.  It proscribes the penalty for Murder in Ohio.  A person sentenced under that section does not "get" parole after 15 years, he or she is simply eligible for it.  It is up to the Adult Parole Authority do decide that.

Let's just be thankful that this guy is off the streets for at least 15 years.  That gives the victim's family at least some time to come to terms with what tragically happened to their loved one. 

P.S. if EB serves her entire sentence, she will possibly be subject to further supervision by the Ohio Adult Parole authority. 

Woody Hayes

She proably got her information from a reliable source, where you Juliebeth, get your information from the mothership.

Julie R.

Buff: Further supervision by the Ohio Adult Parole Authority for calling a corrupt old rent-a-judge corrupt? They ARE corrupt-------the ones that Eeeerie County uses, anyway!  You're a joke, Buff.


@Julie - I don't feel that I need to disclose where I got the information from but let's just say that I have personal knowledge of how the greviance committee is made up and works.  The Murrays may be ON the committee but they do not HANDLE the committee.  Sorry for your misinformation. The committee is made up of (if I remember correctly) 10 members and no one firm is in control.  Again sorry for your misinformation.  There's always a quorum of attorneys that make up the committee.  The cases that are heard by the committee are handled off to a non-neighboring county so that there's no chance of a bias hearing on any case. 

I have nothing to say about Elsebeth - that's a non-relevant case and shouldn't have even been brought up. 

I'm really sorry that you feel that everyone - and yeah you do run everyone in the courts down not just the corrupt clowns as you so eloquently put it - is trouble.  But again if you have a problem, quit mouthing off about it and get a job where you can do something to change the system if you don't like it. 

Dick Tracey

@Julie R  Every time I read one of your Eeeerrrrrriiiieee, comments, I get that visual of the ginormous picture of Elsebeth's mugshot that the Register ran. I was hoping to get an eight year reprieve from that Erie County corrupt, BS, but apparently, she has a twin sister, or they let her blog in PRISON!

Either way, obviously, we are all tired of hearing it. Your comments are very boring, they never change, and you never have any evidence to back it up.


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I think Mr. Martin, got what he deserved... Minus... the possibilty of parol after 15 years.  What goes around comes around... And , I have a feeling, the karma that is coming back at ya, is just starting.

Julie R.


So what are you trying to say, anyway? That there are 10 lawyers on the Erie County grievance committee but they don't really handle the grievances----they hand them off instead to a non-neighboring county such as Cuyahoga County to avoid any bias? Are you also trying to say that they all do this-----for example the Cuyahoga County Bar Association hands their grievances off to let's say the Erie County Bar Association to avoid any bias?  ( You must be an attorney if you think I'm stupid enough to believe that one! ) 

I also was told that the Erie County Bar Association does not accept complaints against JUDGES. Is this true? If so, I would have to say if they don't accept complaints against JUDGES then it stands to reason they would not accept complaints against attorneys that work in unlawful collusion with the judges then, either. Right?  


Is it possible to make him serve the two five year sentences for tampering consecutively with his 15 to life?

Woody Hayes

Juliebeth says:

You must think I'm stupid enough...........

Enough said.


Lets take a poll; Julie R says " ( You must be an attorney if you think I'm stupid enough to believe that one! ) , I finally agree with her..

Julie R.

@ candleburner: So is it true that the Erie County Bar Association does not accept complaints against JUDGES? If so, once again, it stands to reason if they don't accept complaints against JUDGES then they sure aren't going to accept complaints against attorneys that work in collusion with the JUDGES, right? These corrupt Erie County courts got it made, don't they?

Woody Hayes

Beep beep beep beep beep...................................................


Dick Tracey, If the comments of Julie R. offend you or bore you, why don't you just ignore them? I follow the comments of Julie R. and others on here. I ignore the comments of others. Julie R. has provided numbers assigned to legal documents. I used to follow the comments of Elsebeth Baumgartner when she posted comments on news articles and also her comments on the old Sandusky Register Forums. I don't go out of my way to anonymously attack people here because of their views or opinions. I really don't think that Elsebeth Baumgartner was the nut that the newspapers and people made her out to be. I did however question some of the actions of Elsebeth Baumgartner as written by the newspapers and news media. I don't believe everything that I read in the newspapers. I did save some of her comments from the old Sandusky Register Forums before they were deleted.

Here is a comment by Elsebeth Baumgartner that she posted about trying to use the established methods of exposing corrupt activity.

Elsebeth Baumgartner wrote on Aug 17, 2007 10:20 AM:


" To Facts: What exactly is the right way to report corrupt activity in America if not through the courts, law enforcement agencies and public meetings of elected officials? Based on court records, reports of corrupt activity were filed with the courts (Erie, Ottawa and Cuyahoga Counties and the US District Court) The Ohio Attorney General's Office, and the US Department of Justice and FBI. Specific request with supporting affidavits were filed with courts to have independent special prosecutors appointed but were ignored. Criminal charging documents were filed and hidden form public view. Public discussion at public meetings was undertaken with no results. Instead I was charged for asking for an investigation of corrupt activity or reporting corrupt activity to the courts or responsible elected officials. A United States District Court judge finally issued a show cause order in the 119 day of my most recent 120 days incarceration for filing documents in my own cases reporting misconduct because my incarceration facially violated the First Amendment and other constitutional rights. Nobody has produced any evidence that any statement I ever made was false and I can't find the results of any law enforcement investigation into any of my allegations. Would you please produce your facts to support your statement that she went about it the wrong way and explain to the rest of us how you would successfully report corrupt activity in the interest of better government for all of us. Thank you. "

We all have read about the corrupt activity of Cuyahoga County when FBI agents raided it almost a year after the above comment by Baumgartner. Elsebeth made many references to Cuyahoga County as being corrupt while anonymous people attacked her and damaged her property. Elsebeth was correct about Cuyahoga County. Where were the state of Ohio officials to expose corruption in Cuyahoga County? The FBI should also investigate all of Baumgartner's other allegations since the state of Ohio failed to investigate her claims as they did with Cuyahoga County corruption.

Dick Tracey

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Julie R.

@ Dick Tracey: I deleted my own comment because Centauri said it better than I did!


To Julie R  Yoru comments about prosicuting attorney Baxter were out of line you must not have been in court and followed the  case Baxter did present enough evidence and  Mr Martains atorney actually caused  Mr Martain's conviction of guilty, Phone records don't lie. Mr Martain is the one who lied on several points that were made, I was one of the juriors


Julie like I said you werenot' there so therefore your comments are of speculation. We found through phone records that werenot presented in court. that had him the only person that could have killed her

Woody Hayes


Why don't you do that more often, delete your comments. Beep beep beep beep................................

Julie R.

JSB: The case against that creep that killed that young girl was so weak it was pathetic and then blaming it on some motorcycle gang? Sorry, but if you think I would ever give Baxter credit for it think again.