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.