Jeffrey R. Martin – Repeat Sex Offender – Sentenced to DEATH

A Greene County farmhand who raped and murdered a 12-year-old girl was formally sentenced to death today by a judge who tacked on 23 to 46 years in prison.

Judge H. Terry Grimes also declared Jeffrey R. Martin, 51, a violent sexual predator, which did not affect his sentence but would keep Mr. Martin on parole if his conviction is ever overturned.

Mr. Martin had no reaction.

Mr. Martin was found guilty in May of sexually assaulting and killing Gabrielle Miranda Bechen, who was known as Gabby, in June 2006 after she rode her ATV to the farm where he was working. He then buried her body and the vehicle.

A jury then took only an hour to decide he should die for the crimes.

Before today’s sentencing, Judge Grimes heard testimony about Mr. Martin’s criminal history dating to the mid-1970s, a record that included such incidents as sexually harassing phone calls and sexually assaulting children.

Also testifying today was a 25-year-old woman who said Mr. Martin sexually assaulted her when she was 6. That case was never prosecuted because the girl’s testimony was not considered strong. But today she reiterated her charge during the hearing on whether Mr. Martin was a predator.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

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