Crime

Keys judge hands down 10-year sentence for cocaine dealer

A Key West man who last month was convicted of selling cocaine within 1,000 feet of a public park or recreational facility and unlawful use of a two-way communication device on Friday was sent to prison for 10 years.

Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Jones imposed the sentence on Leroy Martin, 45. 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, 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.

The 10 years was for the cocaine sale. He also got five years, to run concurrently, for the count of using a two-way device.

Assistant Monroe County State Attorney Mark Wilson prosecuted the case.

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