Witness in Sidney murder sentenced to ISP for drug plea

The witness in a Sidney homicide last July has been sentenced to five years intensive supervised probation for his guilty plea late last year to delivery of vicodin, a class two felony.

57 year old year old Leland Blake of Sidney was sentenced by Cheyenne County District Judge Derek Weimer according to County Attorney Paul Schaub. Blake was accused of selling the vicodin pills twice to an undercover police officer in August of last year, roughly two weeks after the homicide . The second charge of delivery of vicodin and a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon were dismissed in exchange for the guilty plea.

As part of the plea 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 fatally shoot his friend, 30 year old Mandy Kerschman of Sidney, at Blake's home. Martinez, who is awaiting trial, allegedly shot the woman because he was upset with a text she sent him.

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