Judge sentences DeMartin to jail for contempt

Dennis DeMartin
Dennis DeMartin

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath on Tuesday sentenced Dennis DeMartin to five months and 29 days in jail for being in contempt of court.

DeMartin must serve the first 120 days behind bars and can then serve the rest of his sentence on house arrest, if eligible.

DeMartin's attorney, Joseph Walsh, pleaded with the court to give his client either community service or probation.

Walsh also said his client has serious health issues that will require extensive care and doesn't believe DeMartin will get the necessary treatment behind bars.

During Tuesday's hearing, Walsh read several letters in court from DeMartin's doctors.

He said DeMartin's list of issues include stress, cardiac disease and angina attacks, which he should be on medication for.

Walsh suggested, because of his client's age, jail would not be the best place for him.

State Attorney Alan Johnson told the court he felt the sentence was appropriate.

Before sentencing, Colbath said DeMartin single handedly derailed a conviction, robbing the state of Florida and John Goodman from a fair trial.

Colbath spoke on how important a jury is to our justice system and the job should not be taken lightly.

Colbath said DeMartin intentionally knew what he was doing and furthermore believes DeMartin will receive adequate medical attention in jail provided by the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Walsh said he plans to appeal the sentence and asked for his client to be released on his own recognizance.

DeMartin was given no bond.

Goodman's conviction was overturned last year, and a new trial is scheduled for March.

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