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District Heights mayor gets one-weekend sentence for misconduct

District Heights Mayor Eddie L. Martin will serve one weekend in jail and pay more than $22,000 in restitution after being convicted last month of misconduct in office for using city letterhead to buy fireworks on behalf of a friend.

Prince George’s County Circuit Judge Tiffany H. Anderson this week sentenced Martin to two years in prison, with all but one weekend suspended, and five years’ supervised probation. Anderson also ordered Martin to pay $22,252.50 in restitution.

The Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor led the prosecution of Martin in the circuit court, where a jury issued its guilty verdict after a two-day trial.

“Mr. Martin abused the trust of the residents of District Heights and the privileges of his office,” State Prosecutor Charlton T. Howard III said in a statement Tuesday. “He has now been held accountable. We will continue to do our best to ensure public officials discharge their duties responsibly.”

Martin, who was elected mayor in May 2018, did not return a telephone message Tuesday seeking comment on his sentencing.

After his conviction last month, Martin said an appeal was “in process.”

Martin, then a city commissioner, signed a letter on District Heights stationery on June 8, 2017, authorizing the purchase of $50,000 in fireworks from Wayne’s World Fireworks. Martin represented that the fireworks would be used by the city, which is permitted to purchase the otherwise prohibited Class B and Class C fireworks, the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor charged.

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