Life Sentences For Former County Sheriff Upheld

A federal appellate court is upholding the life sentences of a sheriff convicted of on-the-job marijuana trafficking and a foiled plot to have witnesses against him killed.

A three-judge panel with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin's assertion that the punishment was unreasonable.

He was convicted in 2010 after witnesses testified he supplied a drug dealer with marijuana, some pilfered from his department's evidence locker.

Authorities say Martin unsuccessfully schemed after his arrest to have two potential witnesses killed.

He's serving his time at a maximum-security prison in Arizona.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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