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Third man sentenced in murder of Dundalk bar owner

A Baltimore County man has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the May 2010 murder of a Dundalk bar owner.

Robert Garner, 28, was sentenced Wednesday in Baltimore County Circuit Court for the first-degree murder of Lee Martin, 43, his brother-in-law, who was shot eight times as he left the Hops Inn on Railway Avenue. Garner, one of four defendants in the case, had pled guilty before Judge Robert E. Cahill, Jr. in November.

Garner's 31-year-old sister, Jaclyn Martin, had solicited him to kill her husband, prosecutors said. She provided money for Garner to buy a gun and she called her husband at the bar just before he closed for the evening, according to police investigators. Garner, abetted by Brandon Roth and Sturm Davis, who were both 19 at the time, ambushed and shot Lee Martin as he was walking to his house next to the bar, prosecutors said.

Roth, who drove the getaway car, pled guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 20 years with all but seven years suspended. Davis, who pled guilty to armed robbery and use of a handgun in a violent crime, was sentenced to 30 years with all but 10 years suspended.

Cahill has set an April 16 sentencing for Jaclyn Martin, who entered an Alford plea to first-degree murder in January. In such a plea, the defendant maintains innocence but acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to obtain a conviction. Prosecutors are recommending 60 years in prison.

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