May 15, 2018

Man sentenced for firing gun during a drug crime

SCRANTON – An East Stroudsburg man was sentenced in federal court to 12½ years in prison for a shooting that occurred in East Stroudsburg on January 12, 2016.

Pablo Martinez, 28, pled guilty to the discharge of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence.  Martinez admitted that he was part of a conspiracy to rob a fellow drug dealer, lured to a meeting under the guise of a marijuana deal.  Martinez and co-conspirators waited in a pickup truck until the victim entered the front passenger seat, then sped off.  During the ensuing altercation, Martinez shot the victim twice, and the victim was thrown from the truck at speed, suffering severe injuries.  Martinez was a member of the Brick City Brims, a violent street gang involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activity in the East Stroudsburg area.

Two codefendants, Deshaun Lipscomb and Orrett Campbell, have pled guilty to felony charges and are awaiting sentencing.

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