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Man seeks to upend conviction in Deerfield home invasion case
Christopher Martin, 41, is seeking to upend his conviction by a jury last August that found he plotted a violent home invasion in Deerfield. (FILE PHOTO)
Martin’s lawyer, Mark Sisti, who took over the case after the trial, recently asked a superior court judge to throw out his client’s conviction. Sisti is arguing that the poor decisions by Martin’s former lawyer essentially violated his client’s constitutional right to have effective assistance from a lawyer.
Martin was convicted by a jury last Aug. 2 of conspiracy to commit burglary and being an accomplice to the burglary.
The defense acknowledged that Martin knew the intruder, Jacob Palo, of Manchester, but did not play any role in planning the home invasion. Palo is serving a 20- to 40-year prison term for severely beating and pistol-whipping Cutter, who eventually escaped from the home. Palo fled in Cutter’s car, setting off a county-wide manhunt that eventually led to his arrest.
Prosecutors maintained that Martin knew about the valuables at the home because he got a look at them while doing a plumbing job at the house. Cutter had hired Martin to work on an on-suite bathroom near a bedroom safe.
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