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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Southern District of Iowa

For Immediate Release

Monday, June 19, 2017
Kevin E. VanderSchel
, United States Attorney
Contact: Rachel J. Scherle

Luke Martin, Jr., Sentenced to 12.5 Years on Drug Charges in Connection with 2016 String of Robberies of Git-N-Go, Kum & Go, Hy-Vee, and U.S. Bank

DES MOINES, IA - On June 19, 2017, Luke Martin, Jr., age 57, of Des Moines, Iowa, appeared before Chief United States District Court Judge John A. Jarvey and was sentenced 151 months in prison for drug charges related to a string of armed robberies in 2016 of Git-N-Go, Kum & Go, Hy-Vee, and U.S. Bank, announced United States Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. Martin pleaded guilty in January of 2017, to conspiracy to distribute hydromorphone (Dilaudid). Martin was sentenced to three years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

Martin distributed hydromorphone to co-defendant Alexander Hamilton, who distributed it to Sarah Coe, Shelly Avery, and Chris Avery. Dilaudid use was a contributing factor to the commission of 17 robberies in March and April of 2016. Sentencings of co-defendants Alexander Hamilton, Sarah Coe, Shelly Avery, and Chris Avery are pending.

The investigation was conducted by the Des Moines Police Department, Ames Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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