KOSCIUSKO — An Albion man was sentenced today, Aug. 21, in Kosciusko County Circuit Court after robbing a man at gunpoint in February. Tyler Martin, 18, pled guilty to robbery, a level 5 felony, and carrying a handgun without a license, a Class A misdemeanor. Judge Duane Huffer presided over the case.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Feb. 5, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department received a call about an armed robbery that occurred earlier in the day. The seller stated that earlier in the day, he had met with Martin outside his residence so Martin could purchase the handgun.
The male stated that during the transaction, Martin put his hand in his pants, causing the male to believe Martin was getting money to pay him. Martin pulled a handgun from his waistband, chambered a cartridge and pointed it at the male. Martin told him he wasn’t playing and grabbed the gun box with the Glock 17 in it and walked away. The male said he chased Martin, but lost him when Martin ran between trailers.
During the sentencing, Martin’s attorney John Barrett spoke on his behalf. “Here sits Tyler 18 years old. I think Tyler is interested in putting this behind him, doing what he needs to do and getting his life on track.” Martin declined his chance to address the court.
Judge Huffer took Martin’s past criminal history into account. “I don’t understand how at 18 you have done so much adversely for your life,” he said.
Martin was sentenced to serve three years at the Indiana Department of Corrections for robbery and six months for carrying a handgun without a license. Those charged will be served concurrently but consecutively to all other pending charges.