Man gets 5 to 10 years in I-83 body dumping case
Robin Green said she never had the opportunity to say goodbye to her son, Shannon Martin, whose body was found dumped in southern York County last summer.
"I didn't get a chance to hold my son, see my son — all I could do is bury him," she said.
Martin's body was found in a trash can in a remote area along Interstate 83 in Springfield Township on Aug. 12, 2016.
"No one deserves to die like this," Green said.
On Monday, Aug. 28, Green spoke during the sentencing hearing of Luis Felix Quinones.
Quinones, 29, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to between five years and three months and 10 years and six months in prison for helping his drug dealer friend dispose of Martin's body.
Last month, he was convicted of abuse of a corpse, carrying a firearm without a license, conspiracy to commit abuse of a corpse, heroin possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Hearing: In addition to Martin's mother, his sister, Jaqueline Green, spoke to the court during Monday's hearing, saying that the day of Martin's death was the worst day of her life.
"It took the life out of me," she said.
Like her mother, Jaqueline Green did not like the way her brother's body was left.
"You drove past a hospital," she said. "You could've left him there."
After the two spoke, Quinones turned his seat around and addressed Martin's family directly.
He apologized for what happened to Martin and said Martin didn't deserve to die.
"I never met him in my life," he said. Quinones denied his involvement in the body-dumping, which York County District Attorney Tom Kearney noted during the hearing.
"What I didn't hear today was an apology to this family for treating his body like trash," Kearney said.
He described Quinones' apology as "meaningless words."
Sentencing: During the hearing, Quinones' defense attorney, Rick Robinson, pushed to have Quinones serve two to four years in prison, with his sentences being served concurrently.
However, Kearney pushed for a much harsher sentencing, asking for seven to 14 years in prison.
Kearney said that Quinones would come from New York to sell heroin in York County, where there is a heroin problem.
"He is a dangerous individual, and he needs to be removed from society," he said.
Before sentencing, Common Pleas Judge Harry Ness noted that each person involved in the case was corrupted by money. Police have said Martin was trying to rob Quinones and Kevin Brightful in York City when Brightful shot and killed Martin.
"There are no innocents on any side," he said.
After the sentencing, Robinson reiterated that Quinones denied being involved with disposing Martin's body. He said he plans on filing an appeal but declined to go into specifics.
Cooperating: A first-degree murder charge against Brightful will be dropped, Kearney said last month. That's not simply because Brightful is cooperating with the prosecutions of his co-defendants.
"We'd drop them anyway, because (the evidence) is not there," Kearney said after Quinones was convicted. "This was a home invasion by Mr. Martin, who possessed a gun. So when he was shot by Kevin Brightful, Brightful was justified in doing it."
Brightful, 28, remains in York County Prison and is still facing a number of charges.
Kearney said the plan is for Brightful to plead guilty to being a felon in illegal gun possession, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.
He reiterated that plan following Monday's sentencing hearing.
Brightful's case will remain pending until after a third co-defendant's case has been resolved, the district attorney said.
Brightful's defense attorney, Heather Reiner, said last month that he's remorseful about Martin's death and provided state police with critical information in multiple detailed interviews.
The background: Court documents indicate Martin, 36, of York City, was armed with a .40-caliber handgun when he committed a home invasion that was supposed to be a robbery. It happened overnight Aug. 11, 2016.
Martin believed Brightful had a large sum of cash and marijuana and planned to rob him, documents state.
Instead, Martin scuffled with Quinones in the living room of 34 E. Cottage Place and fired one shot, documents state. Brightful then fatally shot him, Kearney said.
Quinones and Brightful put Martin's body in a trash can, drove it to a wooded area off Seaks Run Road and dumped it there, state police have said. Someone driving on Interstate 83 spotted the body the morning of Aug. 12, 2016, and called 911, police said.
Brightful confessed to police Aug. 17, 2016, after state troopers tracked him down.
Third arrest: Investigators in January arrested a third man in the case, Terrence Lavelle Wintermyers. He drove Martin to Brightful's place, knowing Martin intended to rob the man at gunpoint, documents state.
Kearney said Wintermyers then acted as lookout for Martin.
After Martin's death, his family told police that Wintermyers feigned "excessive and premature" concern, adding he called local hospitals and prisons pretending to search for Martin, documents state.
Wintermyers, 32, of York, remains free on $100,000 bail, charged with third-degree murder, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery and related offenses.
Even though he and Martin were allegedly robbery co-conspirators, he is legally responsible for Martin's death under the state's transferred-intent law.
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