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.

Comments

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?  

candleburner

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!

WhatTheHeck

 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.

PS:

Sorry for your loss.

frizzlefrap

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.

Buff

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.

candleburner

@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.

Joker

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ThedevyneMissM

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.

@candleburner:

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?  

Joker

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.

Patroit

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...................................................

Centauri

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!

JSB4030

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

JSB4030

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

Juliebeth:

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.

JSB4030

Julie after reading some of your other comments I have a feeling you must be related to that stupid Elyzabeth Baumgardner,  If you think our court system is so corrupt why don't you present your evedence to the Attorney General and get it cleaned up, it's because you don't have a shread of evidence. I think you should quit your job at the Register and move someplace else. You don't seem to do the job you were hired to do I belong to an orginization that has asked you to do things for us in your line of work and you have not done your job. Like I have  stated you were not there  in court so you don't know the facts.

Julie R.

@ Dick Tracey: Sorry, but I don't know Elsebeth Baumgartner. In fact, I never even knew that much about her case until I started reading the comments on the SR stories right about the time Nuesse got fired. And then when I started reading everything else that was printed about her.........wow! Have you ever read those stories? I can see why the corrupt old boys and girls in Erie, Ottawa and Cuyahoga County were out to shut her up! 

 

frizzlefrap

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Julie R.

JSB: I think we have a bad connection here. I didn't say the creep that murdered Amanda Gibson wasn't guilty ------ I just said I wasn't giving Baxter credit for it.  I don't think anybody around would ever be ignorant enough to believe that stupid story about the Outlaws.........and if you were on the jury you sure didn't need Baxter to convince you of that, did you?

As for your comment about the infamous disbarred attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner being "stupid" ------ you want to hear "stupid" I could write a book about the stupid corrupt Erie County courts (two anyway) and their favorite highly intelligent stupid attorneys! After all, it takes a lot of brains to criminally defraud the elderly and incompetent at the end of their lives ------ almost as many brains as it takes to forge the fraud documents the moron attorneys prepare. I can even attest now to the joke rent-a-judges corrupt Erie County uses ---- and they sure got some real sweethearts there!

@ candleburner: How come you never refuted what I said about the Erie County Bar Association?      

JSB4030

like I said if you think Erie County's court system is so corrupt then get ahold of the authorites and turn them in if you have so much proof.  as the saying goes put your money where your mouth is. I know a 25 yr old girl is dead and she didn't deserve to die that horrible death . I'm glad we found the evedience we did so we could  prove him guilty. None of you know how hard we doug into the phone records and letters to find proof but we found some on Friday and the rest on Monday that's what took us that long in deliberation. If it wouldn't have been for Baxter's opening and closing statements We may not have found it and Martin would have been let go. Im. done here so you all havea a good time beeting up each other

juzzmytake

i briefly scanned over comments and see alot of attacks on julie R.......and what is this article about? so much drama, i almost forgot. back to the story. the creep who killed this innocent girl got life in prison, with the possibility of parole in 15, which he most likely will not get. ever. justice has been handed down. whether julie R. works for the register or not, whether or not you all agree with one another is NOT the story here......there is a family who lost a loved one at the hands of a sick man, who i hope rots in prison.

Julie R.

@ cocoon402007:

I agree ---- back to the story. I believe this evil dirt bag will rot in prison but even if he does (by some slim chance) get out in 15 years----which is very doubtful----he will be close to 70 years old and what will he have to look forward to? Absolutely nothing but meeting his Maker ----------- and for sure that's going to be a lot worse than prison!

observer32

JSB,  I was present for the entire trial.  I heard all of the evidence and testimony but I never heard any evidence of his guilt.  Could you please share with me what you found buried in the records?  And why did you have to dig so hard to find it?  Why didnt the prosecutor point it out in his case?  I am really concerned about this.

 

Centauri

Good questions by observer32. Inquiring minds are awaiting the answers.

Julie R.

One comment by JSB he said he was on the jury. He then said you don't know how hard we dug through phone records and letters to find proof but we found some on Friday and the rest on Monday that's what took us so long in deliberations......................

@ JSB: Since when is it the jury's job to find proof ---- I thought that was the prosecutor's job. Looks like you weren't on the jury after all. 

JSB4030

in the instructions we were given .if guilty it had to be beyond probable guilt. That's why  we dug into everything into detail. remember we were dealing with someones life. end of story

observer32

JSB:  I sincerely appreciate you taking the time to reply to me.  I just want to make sure of a couple of things though... do you mean proof beyond all reasonable doubt, or proof beyond all probable doubt?  Which did you get written instructions on?  I heard the judge read "beyond a reasonable doubt" in court.

I was wondering about some of your other comments though, not to question you but to understand.  You said you found something... what did you find?  Also, what did the defense attorney do to lose the case?  I thought he did a great job, and was incredibly kind towards the victim and her family.

I did not have the benefit of being in the jury room with you, thats why I wonder.  From where I sat I felt like he might have done it, however, I never saw any evidence that came close to saying he actually did it.

JSB4030

sorryl my error it was beyond reasonable doubt. I am not going to say any more because it is going to be appealed and I don't want to  jeperdise anything. he ws found guilty and is in jail off the streets so lets put it to rest.

Julie R.

JSB:

I noticed in the Johnson story you told me if I didn't like corrupt Erie County I should move.........

All I can say for that is......why should I move out of Erie County because of dirt bag attorneys and some of these corrupt courts that have no respect for the law?  I've lived in Erie County all my life. So did my parents. So did my grandparents and great-grandparents. In fact, my maternal great-grandfather used to be the Sandusky Fire Chief. Just to show you how corrupt Erie County has become --- when title companies do title searches on property they go back 50 years. They aren't finding any fraud on property or fraud in the probate court and other public offices from 50, 40, 30, and 20 years ago --- but stories I've heard they sure have found a lot of fraud that has gone on in the last 10 or so years.  According to one local title company the fraud they are finding is UNREAL.

So once again why would you tell ME to move. That would be like telling the people in Cuyahoga County if they don't like the massive corruption that the FEDS have uncovered then they should move!

 

JSB4030

So far Julie you haven't given any proof my relatives had one of the news papers here in Snadusky years before the Register came about and had something to do with the milk producers association that is still in existance today. Years ago when I was younger and in high school when property came up for sherrif'f''s sale it was cut and dry as to who got the bid on the property so that happened when your so called good reletives were arround. Like I said before get ahold of the right people and so something to get the ball rolling.The newspaper you work for is onesided and prejidice. You don't seem to mind working for it. You have to remember our own government in Washington DC is also corrupt.

JSB4030

So far Julie you haven't given any proof my relatives had one of the news papers here in Snadusky years before the Register came about and had something to do with the milk producers association that is still in existance today. Years ago when I was younger and in high school when property came up for sherrif'f''s sale it was cut and dry as to who got the bid on the property so that happened when your so called good reletives were arround. Like I said before get ahold of the right people and so something to get the ball rolling.The newspaper you work for is onesided and prejidice. You don't seem to mind working for it. You have to remember our own government in Washington DC is also corrupt.

Julie R.

@ JSB:

I know some real threat to society attorneys (and I don't mean the infamous disbarred attorney Elsebeth Baumgartner, either) and flat-out crooks from two financial institutions that must smirk when they read comments like yours. That thief from Huron that forged all those fraud documents for an elderly, incompetent person  --- not only a few months prior to her death but for two years after --- must smirk even more---- but not half as much as these corrupt Erie County courts of injustice must smirk.

Oh gee, considering how our own government in Washington is corrupt that gives all of us a free rein to be corrupt, too..............

P.S. And oh by the way ---- I do not work for the SR.

JSB4030

what I ment by  the entire country's government is corrupt so nothing is done about it so why keep talking about erie county in every one of your statements. it's getting a litle stale. You sure sound like you are the Julie that works for the SR. Make your statement about the story you are relating to aned be done with it. corrupt government  dates back to the begining of the Bible.So I guess we are doomed with it.

 

JSB4030

you sure sound like you are the Julie that works for the SR. Every statement you make always leads back to Erie county being corrupt. THAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT AND QUIT JUST BLOWING ALOT OF HOT AIR>Y

Julie R.

JSB: Did you see the Viewpoint in yesterday's SR ----- Crime Pays in Sandusky? It's about the corrupt practices inside the city's federal housing program that led to the loss of millions of dollars in grant money and the fact that it's been 3 years and not one person has been charged with a crime. 

Why not? The jokes here in Sandusky and Erie County sure spend a lot of time and energy --- not to mention taxpayer money --- holding others "accountable" for their joke crimes. They held the infamous whistleblower Elsebeth Baumgartner "accountable" for making allegations about public officials. They held her client Krista Harris "accountable" for making allegations against the prosecutor. They held Kim Nuesse "accountable" for "failure to display absolute honesty" at the tune of a million plus. 

What kind of clowns are running this corrupt county, anyway? Obviously, the clowns could care less about the city and the citizens ---- but they sure do care about themselves, don't they?

Julie R.

Candleburner sure did disappear after making that false comment that the Erie County Bar Association turns complaints over to another county to avoid any bias. So once again Candleburner --- isn't it true that the Erie County Bar Association doesn't accept complaints against Erie County JUDGES? Stand to reason if they don't accept complaints against their buddy JUDGES then they wouldn't accept complaints against their buddy PROSECUTORS, either, right? Also stands to reason if they don't accept complaints against their buddy JUDGES and their buddy PROSECUTORS then they sure aren't going to accept complaints against dirty attorneys that work in illegal collusion with their butt-buddies, correct?

In other words, people don't stand a chance in corrupt Erie County, right? Must be why the dirty Lorain and Cuyahoga County attorneys loooove corrupt Erie County so!

man4451

According to the republican's John Boehner, MARTIN will be out just in time to RETIRE. 69