BY JENNIFER CABRERA
Brandon Michael Martin, 32, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the shooting death of Annette Miller in Waldo on December 2, 2020.
Miller was shot once in the head with a .22 caliber pistol, and Martin was arrested in North Carolina on December 16, 2020, after fleeing Alachua County in Miller’s car. He was originally charged with premeditated first degree murder, grand theft auto, and tampering with physical evidence.
On April 7, Judge James Colaw accepted a plea deal in which Martin pleaded nolo contendere to second degree murder in exchange for 30 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 25 years. He will also serve two 5-year concurrent sentences for grand theft and for tampering with evidence. The maximum sentence for the second-degree murder charge would have been life in prison and up to $30,000 in fines. Martin will owe $621 in fines and fees.