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Danbury plumber gets prison for plotting Deerfield home invasion
Christopher Martin, 40, of Danbury was sentenced 10 to 20 years in Rockingham County Superior Court on Monday for plotting a violent home invasion in Deerfield. (JAMES A. KIMBLE PHOTO)
A wrist-shackled Christopher Martin, 40, of Danbury, nodded to his family Monday while being led out of the courtroom to begin serving his sentence for recruiting a Manchester man and his girlfriend to carry out the June 29, 2011, home invasion.
A jury convicted Martin on all charges on Aug. 2 after a three-day trial.
Cutter, who knew Martin as a longtime family friend, had hired him for jobs around his home, including work on a bathroom.
Martin recruited two people for the burglary, providing them with a hand-drawn layout of Cutter's home. The burglars equipped themselves with duct tape, a spare set of license plates and bleach to cover their tracks.
A masked intruder, Jacob Palo, 37, of Manchester knocked Cutter backward at his front door during the break-in, repeatedly pistol whipping him in head and choking him. Palo then followed Martin's instructions to locate a gun Cutter kept in his home for protection.
Palo is serving a 20- to 40-year sentence for his role in the home invasion. He pleaded guilty to burglary, assault and other charges related to a countywide manhunt for him that ended when he crashed the second stolen getaway car into a police cruiser.
Avnet exchanged several text messages with Martin when the burglary began to go awry, eventually leading state police to Martin's doorstep.
He rebuked Martin for lying on the stand while testifying in his own defense during his trial.
"I don't think he is one of these guys you want to destroy, judge," Sisti said.
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