Murderer gets year shaved off sentence

Convicted murderer Michael Martin made an appearance in an Erie County courtroom this week, resulting in a year shaved off his 26-to-life sentence.
Sandusky Register Staff
Dec 13, 2013

Martin must now serve a total of 25 years to life in prison for the 2010 murder of Amanda Gibson.

Martin strangled Gibson in June 2010 and dumped her body by a pond near Smith Road and Ohio 4. In 2011 he received 20 years in prison for her death, 10 years for two counts of tampering with evidence and an additional year for a firearms specification related to one of the latter two charges.

In March of this year, the Sixth District Court of Appeals struck down Martin’s extra year for the firearms offense, and he was sent back to the Erie County Common Pleas Court on Monday to be re-sentenced, Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter said.

“The court of appeals found insufficient evidence the weapon was operable,” Baxter said.

Judge Roger Binette amended Martin’s sentence to reflect that ruling. Martin now must serve 25 years to life, rather than 26 years to life, Baxter said.



Really??? This is what is causing the courts to be so backed up??? Sigh!!!!!!


pointless waste of taxpayer money and county services


Liberal bleeding heart judges! The guy should have stopped breathing by now!!


you got that right yomamma! evil never dies


Um miss momma the Ohio supreme court is almost entirely republican. You show more and more you are truly confused.

Really are you ...

If he serves the maximum sentence. How do you take a year from life?