Martin Baskerville’s story starts when he was arrested in New Jersey for armed robbery and aggravated assault. Prior to his trial, Martin spent some time incarcerated for several periods of time. He was offered a plea deal of five years but before he could accept this offer he was shipped to New York and charged with a homicide, which occurred on April 4, 1989. This is when the problems all started. He informed his attorney that he was incarcerated in the Bergen County Jail on the date of the murder.. Martin and his legal council was unable to secure his jail records from Bergen County Jail and he was found guilty and convicted of murder. Martin was sentenced to sixteen years to life and he completed this sentence by serving 22 years before he was paroled to New Jersey.
Martin Baskerville tried to obtain his jail records on several occasions but was unsuccessful. He was later returned to New Jersey in 1993 where he went to trial for the first indictment of armed robbery and aggravated assault. On August 25, 1993, Martin was sentenced to serve 22 years consecutive to the sentence he was serving in New York. Martin has petitioned and filed many appeals trying to prove his innocence. He has also filed a motion for jail credits so that he could get the courts to acknowledge the dates that he was incarcerated which would show that he was in jail at the time of the murder and his sentencing was illegal.
He was awarded these credits on March 21, 2016. This was a major victory for Martin because the courts inadvertently admitted that he was in jail at the time of the murder by approving these jail credits. Martin is currently fighting for his freedom and looking for legal council to represent him in a civil law suit that would require for New Jersey and New York to take responsibility for the wrongful convictions.