The former Dayton man once considered for homicide charges after a December 2016 shooting left one person dead was sentenced Tuesday to seven years in prison on a different charge — below the statutory 10-year mandatory minimum due to substantial assistance.
William Martin, 25, learned his fate in Dayton’s U.S. District Court after reaching a plea deal last year on a federal weapons charge related to a drug transaction. Martin also was ordered to undergo five years’ supervised release including 100 hours of community service or job training.
Martin earned about four months’ jail-time credit when he was being held in the Montgomery County Jail. He will be allowed to self-surrender when he is told when and where to report.
U.S. District Court Judge Walter Rice said case law did not permit him to consider many factors beyond substantial assistance, which the judge said was not significant. Federal had prosecutors argued that Martin should serve “significant” time in prison.
“I think it’s a fair sentence,” said assistant U.S. attorney Brent Tabacchi, who had argued for a significant term. “This is case is a tragedy all the way around.”
Martin fired a gun at Leo Montgomery III and Evon Walker in a car outside the Roosters Restaurant on North Main Street on Dec. 2, 2016, according to Dayton police. Montgomery, 21, died. Walker was injured but survived.