Allen Orlando Martin, 61, was sentenced to 15 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections on September 17, 2018 for biting an Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy during an altercation in December 2017

Deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at Martin’s residence in rural Baxter Springs. Upon their arrival, deputies witnessed a physical altercation between Martin and a female at the residence. When deputies attempted to detain Martin, he resisted, leading to a physical struggle between Martin and the deputies. During the struggle, Martin bit a deputy’s arm, breaking the skin.

In August 2018, Martin entered a guilty plea to battery of a law enforcement officer in Cherokee County District Court. “Resisting arrest or obstructing a law enforcement officer’s duties is always a crime,” said Cherokee County Attorney Jake Conard. “When such obstruction results in bodily harm to the officer, it becomes a felony likely to result in prison time.”