(This story has been updated with additional facts on the case, and quotes from the Sarpy County Prosecuting Attorney's Office.)
ntly been sentenced to prison for her role in a stabbing death in Nebraska.
On Jan. 28, Krystal Martin, 23, of Hawk Point, was sentenced by a Sarpy County judge to five to 20 years after pleading no contest to being an accessory to murder in the June 26, 2018 death of Brent Quigley, 39, during a robbery at his home in Bellevue, a city in suburban Omaha, Nebraska.
According to Sarpy County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Philip Kleine, who tried the case, Martin helped Raymond Davis, 30, escape the crime scene by providing transportation.
Kleine said Martin was more than just a woman who made a mistake by giving someone a ride, but someone who chose to help someone escape justice.
“We charged her with (being an accessory to murder) for a reason,” he said. “(Martin) took (Davis) from the area to prevent him from being apprehended.”
After fleeing Nebraska, Kleine said Martin and Davis fled to Davis’ hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, where Martin was arrested for shoplifting. Martin gave a false name upon, and was later released.
The couple then returned to the Omaha area, this time to Council Bluffs, Iowa, to buy methamphetamine, before moving on to Chicago.
Martin and Davis’ run ended in Troy on June 30, when Troy Police detectives at the Wal-Mart on Highway 47 arrested them. The duo was located with the help of a local informant, and Det. Ryan Roskey of the Bellevue Police Department tracking Davis using his social media accounts.
Martin had come to the state from Missouri to spend time with Davis, and according to evidence, spent time at a known drug house with Davis and two other people later convicted for their roles in the crime, Alisia Cooke, 29, and 47-year-old Christopher Reagan.
Martin might have had prior knowledge of the crime, but she refused to testify to that knowledge to prosecutors.
According to the Sarpy County Prosecutor’s Office, Cooke, a prostitute, arranged a sexual encounter with Quigley for money at his residence. Cooke, along with Davis and Reagan, devised a plot to lure Quigley into a bedroom, but find a reason to step out for a moment.
Once out of the room, Cooke unlocked the front door, letting Reagan and Davis inside the house. The plan was to beat Quigley up and rob him of cash and drugs. However, Quigley tried to escape his attackers – and was stabbed more than 20 times.
Cooke has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for her in the crime. Though she has not been sentenced as of this time, she faces 20 years to life in prison.
Reagan plead guilty to second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and use of a deadly weapon to commit murder. He was sentenced to 80 years to life on the murder charge plus 20 years on the conspiracy charge. The weapons charge is to be served concurrently.
Davis took his case to trial, and was found guilty of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and use of a deadly weapon to commit murder. He has not been sentenced at this time, but is facing an automatic life sentence plus 50 years each on the other two felonies.
While Kleine is proud he and his office were able to get four convictions in a complex murder case that started in his state, and traveled through three others before finally coming to its final conclusion, he said there were no winners.
“It’s satisfying, but it’s sad at the same time,” Kleine said. “Brett Quigley is dead, and everyone else’s lives are ruined.
“Christopher Reagan is essentially getting a life sentence for this. Krystal Martin is getting to five to 20 years, and Alisia Cooke is going to lose years of her life because of this.”