Crime

Jury convicts Key West man on cocaine count

A Key West man faces up to 35 years in prison for selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a local gym in 2014.

On March 16, a Key West jury found Leroy Martin, 45, guilty of sale of cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public park or recreational facility and unlawful use of a two-way communication device.

Martin sold the drugs on May 27, 2014, near the 100 block of Geraldine Street, which is close to the Frederick Douglass Gym in Bahama Village.

Martin, who lived in the neighborhood, is due for sentencing April 8 before 16th Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones. He has an extensive Monroe County rap sheet going back to at least 2001, everything from the cocaine charge to helping a prisoner escape to battery to resisting arrest.

Assistant State Attorney Mark Wilson prosecuted the case against Martin, who was represented by the Monroe County Public Defender's Office.

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