Wednesday, February 1, 2017

VT man gets 15-year prison sentence for area robberies

BRATTLEBORO — After pleading guilty to eight robberies across Vermont and New Hampshire, a Weathersfield man was sentenced Tuesday to serve a state prison term of 15 years followed by five years of supervised release and $25,514 in restitution according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Matthew Martin, 32, pleaded guilty in October to eight separate robberies that took place between January and December 2015, and received the 15-year sentence Tuesday, Jan. 31 from U.S. District Court Judge J. Gavin Murtha in District Court in Brattleboro.

Martin was represented by attorney Jordana Levine.

Murtha said "he rarely sees sentences of this length, but that the circumstances of this case warranted such a result."

Martin's spree started on Jan. 28, 2015 when he robbed a branch of the Windsor County South Credit Union in Springfield, making off with $2,596 after telling the teller that he had a gun. He would hit Springfield again the following month, stealing $5,744 the town's Citizens Bank branch on Feb. 17 while wearing a fake beard to disguise himself and again saying that he had a gun.

On Nov. 11, 2015, Martin stole tablets containing oxycodone and oxycontin from Greater Falls Pharmacy in Bellows Falls, and on Dec. 1, 2015, proceeded to commit an armed robbery at the branch of Mascoma Savings Bank in Charlestown, New Hampshire.

During the Charlestown robbery, Martin displayed a BB gun that resembled a firearm and twice pointed the weapon at the teller. He stole $4,700 during the incident.

Over the course of his crime spree, Martin also committed robberies at a Shell gas station and Heritage Family Credit Union in Ludlow, Vermont, a TD Bank North in Loudon, New Hampshire, and a People's United Bank in Brattleboro, Vermont before turing himself in in late December 2015 after he was named a "Fugitive of the Week" by the U.S. Marshals Service.

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