Man who shot Amherst officer during standoff sentenced to 55 years

LORAIN, Ohio-- The man convicted of shooting an Amherst police officer was sentenced to 55 years in prison on Monday.

Martin Lynn Robinson

A Lorain County jury found Martin Lynn Robinson, 40, guilty of attempted aggravated murder, as well as multiple counts of attempted murder and felonious assault.

Robinson, a former state corrections officer, was wanted on firearms charges and U.S. Marshals said he has a, “well-documents confrontational nature with local law enforcement.”

During the sentencing hearing, Robinson maintained his innocence.

"I'm not going to sit here and say I showed any remorse for the so-called victims or victim. If someone came to his house and did what he did, I'm sure he'd feel just like I did," Robinson said.

Authorities went to his house on Oliver Street in Sheffield Lake on May 31 to arrest him. As SWAT tried to enter the house, Robinson shot Patrolman Eugene Ptacek, a 17-year veteran of the police force, Marshals said.

Robinson barricaded himself inside his house. When he eventually surrendered, authorities found he had been shot in the leg and arm.

Ptacek, a member of the Lorain County SWAT team, spent two months in the hospital recovering from his injuries. He did not speak at the sentencing.

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