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Habitual offender will go to prison

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By Lee Einer

Marvin Martinez, after three violent rampages and two DWIs, has been sentenced to prison time.

Martinez, 22, has engaged in several violent incidents since January 2007, resulting in numerous felony and misdemeanor charges against him.

According to police reports and court documents, Martinez had at various times kidnapped his girlfriend; beat her with a beer bottle, a telephone and his fists; attempted to run several people over with his vehicle; done extensive property damage; and been caught twice driving while drunk.

He had, for these offenses, been charged with kidnapping, aggravated battery, aggravated battery against a household member, battery against a household member, four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, interference with communication, DWI, aggravated DWI, careless driving, open container, and criminal property damage.

During Martinez’s most recent escapade, he is alleged to have repeatedly rammed another man’s pickup truck with his own, broken the windshield of a second vehicle and attacked two people. The owner of the pickup said his vehicle is totaled.

The total time to which Martinez was sentenced for his previous offenses was just 48 hours in jail. He had been on probation since he was convicted of his January 2007 attack on his girlfriend, but until now, none of his crimes were considered to have violated his parole.

But District Attorney Richard Flores said in a recent e-mail to the Optic that Martinez’s latest spree will send him to prison for four years. With respect to Martinez’s previous violent crimes and the apparent dearth of legal consequences, Flores pointed to the probation officer and the judge.

“We do not initiate any revocations until such time that we get a PVR (probation violation report) from the Adult Probation Office (APO),” Flores said in his e-mail. “I can tell you that when APO did send us PVRs on Mr. Martinez, we did file motions to revoke his probation on every account and the judge continued him on probation. I can tell you that not until the last PVR, APO did not recommend prison time. When they did recommend it, we did secure this (as part of the plea agreement.)”

Martinez had been convicted of two felonies before this last incident — out of the eight felonies with which he had been charged. The remaining six felonies, all crimes of violence, and four misdemeanors, had been dismissed by the prosecutor’s office.

The Optic asked Flores about the reasons for dismissal of these charges, but no response had been received as of press time.