By Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal appellate court is upholding the life sentences of a disgraced Illinois sheriff convicted of on-the-job marijuana trafficking and a foiled plot to have witnesses against him killed.
A three-judge panel with the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected former longtime Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin's assertion that the punishment was unreasonable.
Martin, a Democrat, was re-elected Gallatin County's sheriff four times.
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.
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