ONEIDA COUNTY - A spinoff in the Ashlee Martinson saga seems to have come to a close.
The man convicted of stealing from the home where Martinson killed her parents will spend a month in jail.
Mark Spietz, 39, of Kaukana, was sentenced in Oneida County Court on Thursday.
Back in August, a jury decided Spietz was guilty on four counts of burglary and theft.
According to the criminal complaint, Spietz took ATVs, bows, a tractor, a trailer and Jennifer Ayers' purse from the home. Spietz claimed he was securing the property for a company based in Arizona.
In court on Thursday, Spietz's wife, siblings and parents all testified to his character and work ethic. They testified Spietz is a good father to a seven-year-old son and two step-sons. They said he also takes care of his parents who have health problems.
Spietz's attorney said he believes his client is still innocent.
"I believe that Mark had he had intended to steal the ATVs he wouldn't have gone through the bother of finding the titles," said Spietz's attorney Brian Bennet. "I believe that a person doesn't commit burglaries in broad daylight with the name on the side of his truck or trailer."
However, the state said it didn't seem Spietz took responsibility for what he did. District Attorney Mike Schiek asked for jail time.
Judge Michael Bloom agreed. He recalled sentencing Ashlee Martinson.
"And I looked at her sitting right where you're sitting now, before I had to look an 18-year-old girl in the face and send her to prison for 23 years, and I told her, you had a choice," Judge Bloom said. "And Mr. Spietz, you as well had a choice."
Spietz will also spend 18 months on probation. He can serve his jail time in any county jail as long as he clears it with the Onieda County Sheriff's Office. He also received Huber privileges and will be allowed to go to work and help his parents during his jail time.