23-Year-Old Sentenced in Elkridge Meth Lab Bust

'I know what I did was wrong.' - Josiah David Martin.


A former Michigan resident received a nine-month jail sentence for his role in an Elkridge hotel room’s methamphetamine lab operation stemming from last June.

This past December, Josiah David Martin, 23, originally from Mesick, Mich., pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and to reckless endangerment after Howard County police discovered a meth lab at a Holiday Inn Express in Elkridge.

At a hearing this past Friday, Martin apologized for his role, stating, “I know what I did was wrong," according to T. Wayne Kirwan, a spokesman for the Howard County State's Attorney's Office.

Howard County Circuit Court Judge Richard S. Bernhardt handed Martin an eight-year sentence but suspended all but nine months on the manufacturing charge. Bernardt also gave Martin a nine-months sentence on the reckless endangerment charge, though this sentence will be served concurrently with the manufacturing sentence. Martin also received three years of supervised probation upon his release, according to Kirwan.

In addition to Martin, Joshua Wade Matthews, 34, and Forrest Derrick Rhoades, 35, both from Sallisaw, Okla., pleaded guilty to manufacturing a controlled dangerous substance and to reckless endangerment. Rhoades received a nine-month sentence and Matthews will receive his sentence on March 27.

Martin’s brother, Amos Joel Martin, 21, pleaded guilty for his role last October and was sentenced to six months in jail.

On June 5, 2012, Howard County Police said they received an anonymous phone call at 10:40 p.m. that described a strange smell at the Elkridge Holiday Inn Express in the 6000 block of Marshalee Dr. The hotel was then evacuated for safety concerns before police said they found less than 90 grams of meth in the room. Charges were later dropped against a fifth suspect, Spencer Allen Smith, 22, of Lock Haven, Pa.

In addition to the meth, police said they found heroin and a handgun in the hotel room.

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Keith B. March 12, 2013 at 04:34 PM
BTW, the 9 month sentence starts back in December of 2012 so he will now be released for time served as he only has to serve one fifth of his sentence.
Terri McCulley Hicks March 12, 2013 at 05:27 PM
What a crock of shit. How about they just get out and set a METH lab up in the Judges back yard. This is exactly "WHY" people continue to do this...NO accountablility. Now if he were selling weed probably would have goten a YEAR!!! SMH!!!
Dave A. March 12, 2013 at 06:17 PM
Not sure but it was probably due to the amount of meth they had in the unit that helped guide the sentence.
JW March 14, 2013 at 03:17 PM
My guess is that the trio is planning where to set up their next lab. Good money maker and only cost them 9 months of freedom. Nice job judge. I bet every criminal who's going to trial hopes to appear before you for their sentencing.
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