Witness in Sidney murder enters guilty plea to drug charge
The witness in a Sidney homicide last August has entered a guilty plea to a drug charge in a plea agreement.
56 year old year old Leland Blake of Sidney made the plea Wednesday to delivery of vicodin, a class two felony. Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub says in exchange for the plea another charge of delivery of vicodin and a charge possession of a firearm by a felon were dismissed. Blake also agreed to being available to testify in depositions, contested hearings, and the trial involving 53 year old Larry Martinez,
Court documents say Blake witnessed Martinez shoot his friend, 30 year old Mandy Kerschman of Sidney, at Blake's home. Martinez fatally shot the woman because he was upset with a text he sent her.
Blake was accused of selling the vicodin pills twice to an undercover police officer in July. Blake is scheduled to be sentenced March 6th at 10 a.m.
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