YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — Two men pleaded guilty and were sentenced on Monday in connection with the 1996 murder of Jonesville Sgt. Greg Martin.
Brian Eugene Whittaker, 37, of Cape Coral, Fla., and Marc Peterson Olroyd, 42, of Rockwood, Tenn., plead guilty in Yadkin County to second-degree murder and other charges connected to Sgt. Martin’s death.
The two men also plead guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery, attempted robbery and possession of a stolen vehicle.
Whittaker received a 14-year sentence and Olroyd received a 10-year sentence.
The sentences are not suspended.
Scott Vincent Sica, the Florida man charged with murdering Jonesville Police Sgt. Greg Martin in 1996, agreed in March to plead guilty for the first-degree murder of Martin back in 1996.
Sica also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Sica was sentenced to life in prison without parole. He was also sentenced to 117-150 days for the attempted robbery charge.
The state dismissed three charges, including conspiring to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.
Sica, of Cape Coral, Fla., was arrested on Oct. 3, 2012, in connection with the 1996 shooting death of Sgt. Martin.
Martin was shot six times on Oct. 5, 1996, during a traffic stop on I-77 near exit 82 in Jonesville. He was 30 years old and married to Lisa Martin. He had a stepson, daughter and 6-month-old son.
In January 2013, Whittaker and Olroyd were also charged in the case.
Sgt. Martin’s daughter Brittany said the plea agreement was a big step for her family. “Right now it’s kind of relief and finally justice being served after so long, and it’s just a joy. Now it’s Daddy’s turn to finally rest.”
Brittany was only six years old when her father was killed, but her family helps her remember what he was like. “He’s the best man you probably could have ever known. Society’s really missed on a great chance to meet a great guy,” she added.
She said justice was finally served. “One door finally gets to shut and we get to open the next stage of our life and move on. Been dealing with this going on 18 years. It’s like you get to start over and you get to have a little more peace in life.”
On the night he was killed, Sgt. Martin noticed Sica and Whittaker in a red pickup truck and thought they were acting suspiciously. Investigators later determined they were about to rob a local restaurant.
When Sgt. Martin pulled over the truck on the interstate, he told dispatch he was making a traffic stop. Highway Patrol Trooper Van Tate asked if Martin needed assistance and agreed to come help out.
In the meantime, Sica and Whittaker got out of the truck while Martin searched it. Investigators say Sica pulled out a gun and shot the officer six times in the head.