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Identical life sentence for disgraced ex-sheriff

Published: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

BENTON (AP) – A former southern Illinois sheriff has been resentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison after his initial life sentence was tossed.

A judge Friday sentenced former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin to two life terms plus ten years in a drug-trafficking case where Martin allegedly plotted to have witnesses against him killed.

His original sentence was identical — two life terms plus ten years. But it was thrown out in August by a Chicago-based U.S. appeals court over how sentencing guidelines were applied.

Martin was convicted in 2010 after witnesses testified he was on duty when he supplied a drug dealer with marijuana pilfered from an evidence locker.

After he was jailed, he allegedly plotted to have two potential witnesses assaulted or killed, though neither was harmed.

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