Blake Martin was sentenced to probation for raping a 12-year-old girl (Facebook)
Blake Martin was sentenced to probation for raping a 12-year-old girl (Facebook)
Blake Martin was sentenced to probation for raping a 12-year-old girl (Facebook)

(MTN News-BILLINGS) Martin Joseph Blake of Glasgow, who admitted he raped a 12-year-old girl, will not spend a single day in prison, said a Valley County prosecutor on Thursday.

Blake, 40 years old, was sentenced Wednesday in Valley County District Court to 30 years with the Montana State Prison – with all of that time suspended.

Blake was ordered by Judge John McKeon to spend 60 days in jail, with credit for 17 days already served, as well as complete sex offender treatment.

But that’s not the sentence that was recommended by Valley County Attorney Dylan Jensen.

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In the plea agreement, which was reached in July, Jensen agreed to 100 years to the state prison with 75 years suspended in exchange for Blake’s guilty plea.

Blake admitted he raped the girl once, and two other rape charges were dismissed.

The Glasgow Courier noted in its report that McKeon said during sentencing that the conditions of the sentence are “quite restrictive” and “quite rigorous.”

McKeon referenced the support that Blake had from family, friends, his church, and his employer, and letters written by the victim’s mother and grandmother asking the court to allow Blake to remain in the community.

Jensen said he was disappointed by the sentence.

News of the sentence has outraged people on social media, and Madeline Forman has created an online petition that aims to have McKeon impeached.

The petition states: “It is time to start punishing the judges who let these monsters walk our streets.  It is time to remove Judge McKeon from the bench.”

As of Thursday evening, the petition has garnered more than 250 signatures; the petition will be delivered to the Montana Legislature at some point, according to the site.

Lawmakers are under no legal requirement to act on the petition, nor is the state Supreme Court.

Click here if you would like to read the petition.

According to the website of the National Center for State Courts, Montana judges may be removed in one of two ways:

  • Judges may be impeached by a two-thirds vote of the House of Representatives and convicted by a two-thirds vote of the Senate.
  • On the recommendation of the Judicial Standards Commission, the Montana Supreme Court may retire, censure, suspend, or remove a judge.

However, the Havre Daily News reported in September that McKeon will be retiring in November, after 22 years as a state district judge.

f the sentence are “quite restrictive” and “quite rigorous.”

Jensen said he was disappointed by the sentence.

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