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BENTON, Ill. (AP) A former southern Illinois sheriff has been resentenced to
spend the rest of his life in prison after his initial life sentence was tossed.  A judge Friday sentenced former Gallatin County Sheriff Raymond Martin to two life terms plus ten years in a drug-trafficking case where Martin allegedly plotted to have witnesses against him killed.

His original sentence was identical two life terms plus ten years. But it was thrown out in August by a Chicago-based U.S. appeals court over how sentencing guidelines were
applied.

Martin was convicted in 2010 after witnesses testified he was on duty when he supplied a drug dealer with marijuana pilfered from an evidence locker.  After he was jailed, he allegedly plotted to have two potential witnesses assaulted or killed, though neither was harmed.

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