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Former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond M. Martin Resentenced to Two Consecutive Life Terms Plus Ten Years

December 10, 2012

Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond M. Martin, 50, of Junction, Illinois, was resentenced Friday, December 7, 2012, in United States District Court in Benton to two life sentences plus ten years.

Martin was convicted in September, 2010, following an eight day jury trial, of all 15 counts alleged against him by a Federal Grand Jury stemming from his distribution of marijuana in office, carrying of a firearm during his drug trafficking offenses, and trying to have 2 witnesses against him in the drug case killed after he was arrested and was being held without bond in the Jackson County Jail. Martin was removed from office by the Gallatin County Board immediately following his conviction.

Martin was originally sentenced in January, 2011, to two consecutive life terms plus 10 years. He appealed his conviction and sentence. In August, 2012, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed his convictions but vacated his sentence after it determined that an error in calculating his advisory sentencing range under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines had been committed. The appellate court remanded the case to the district court for resentencing. After properly calculating the advisory sentencing range and considering other statutory factors, the district court retained the discretion to reimpose the same sentences it had previously imposed.

At today’s resentencing, the Court adopted and reiterated its statements and findings from the original sentencing hearing and also considered new information regarding the recent discovery that Martin had illegally obtained and smuggled prescription medication into the Williamson County Jail where he had been returned to await his resentencing. The Court determined all of the information before it warranted an upward departure from the advisory guidelines and it reimposed the same two life sentences plus 10 years that it had previously imposed. The life sentences were imposed consecutively to each other and to the 10 year sentence.

“I am, of course, very pleased to see that justice was once again done in this case. Former Sheriff Martin’s actions were despicable. His conduct was a disgrace and an affront to every hard working law enforcement officer in the United States. Again, the people of Southern Illinois can have pride in their law enforcement community, knowing that one very bad apple did not spoil the entire basket,” said United States Attorney Wigginton.

Under federal law, there is no parole, meaning that Martin will not be released from custody.

In addition to the sentences of imprisonment, Martin was again ordered to forfeit his Junction, Illinois, residence (valued at over $200,000) and $76,090 in cash to the United States. He was also again ordered to pay the United States fines and special assessments totaling $51,500.

Investigation into the drug aspect of the case was led by the Carmi office of the Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office with the assistance of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, the Criminal Investigations Division of the Internal Revenue Service, the Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Police Department and the White County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Investigation into the witness tampering and financial structuring aspects of the case was led by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and the United States Attorney’s Office with the assistance of the Illinois State Police/Southern Illinois Drug Task Force, the IRS/CID, DEA, the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office and the White County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Investigation into Martin’s recent smuggling of prescription medication into the Williamson County Jail was conducted by the United States Marshals Service, the Illinois State Police and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department.

The case was originally prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James M. Cutchin and Michael C. Carr (who has since retired and is now the Jackson County State’s Attorney). AUSA Cutchin handled the resentencing.



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