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Former Ill. sheriff back in Ariz. federal prison

BENTON, Ill. — A former southern Illinois sheriff is back in a federal
lockup in Arizona after being sentenced again in a drug-trafficking case in
which he allegedly plotted to have witnesses against him killed.

Raymond Martin is serving his life sentence at a maximum-security prison near
Tucson. That’s where the former longtime Gallatin County law enforcer was being
housed before he was resentenced earlier this month in Benton.

Martin was convicted in 2010, after witnesses testified that he was on duty
when he supplied a drug dealer with marijuana stolen from a department evidence

After he was jailed, he allegedly plotted to have two potential witnesses
assaulted or possibly killed. Neither was harmed because the would-be hit men
got cold feet and told authorities.


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