Man Suspected In 2 Murders, Shooting Gets 7 Months On Federal Probation Violation

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - by Hollie Webb

A man suspected in two murders and a shooting was denied house arrest for a probation violation in Federal Court. Martrell Arnold was sentenced to seven months by Judge Sandy Mattice.

His attorney, Myrlene Marsa, said he had been holding a steady job and was well thought of by his employer. She also presented letters to the court on his behalf.

She requested that Arnold be allowed to serve his time either in a halfway house or on house arrest.

She asked, if that was not possible, for Arnold to be sentenced at the bottom of the guideline range.

However, prosecutor Chris Poole strongly objected, saying, "I actually asked for the top of the guidelines."

He said that not only is Arnold a current suspect in two murder investigations, but also that he is the leader of the Apison Pike Bloods.

When allowed to speak, Arnold said, "I'm not the leader of no gang." He told the court he was at work when those people were murdered. Arnold has not been charged.

 Judge Mattice said, in light of this, he would sentence Arnold at the middle of the guideline range, which is seven months.

Arnold was among those arrested in 2008 in a roundup of Chattanooga gang members.

In May 2009, he was given a sentence of 78 months in federal prison. It was later amended to 63 months.

On July 13, 2013, Arnold was involved in an altercation with his girlfriend at a local club. Janice McCullum reportedly attacked him and cut him on the arm, side, and wrist. The cuts required more than 30 stitches 

Arnold was arrested at Miami Beach, Fla., on May 25 for reckless driving on a scooter. Police said he was weaving in and out of traffic and endangering the female passenger and others.

 


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