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Richard Davie Martinez Pleads Guilty and Is Sentenced in U.S. Federal Cour

Friday, November 18, 2011

The United States Attorney's Office announced that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on November 18, 2011, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith Strong, RICHARD DAVIE MARTINEZ, a 31-year-old resident of Dodson, pled guilty to assault by striking, beating, or wounding. MARTINEZ was sentenced to a term of:

Prison: 6 months (with 2 months suspended - the 2 suspended months will be dismissed if within a year MARTINEZ completes anger management and chemical dependency programs satisfactory to the United States)

Special Assessment: $25

Supervised Release: 1 year

In an Offer of Proof filed by Assistant U.S. Attorney Danna R. Jackson, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:

On August 2, 2011, at approximately 2:00 a.m. after an argument with his domestic partner, MARTINEZ returned to the home he shared with the victim and kicked in the door. He threw a lighter and hit the victim in the face. MARTINEZ then began choking the victim until she could not breathe. When the victim tried to escape with the two children she tried to go out the back as MARTINEZ had locked the front door. MARTINEZ struck the victim on the head and the face. The victim suffered bruising on her face and a possible broken nose. She did not seek medical care.

The incident occurred on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

The investigation was conducted by Blaine County Law Enforcement and the Fort Belknap Law Enforcement.

The charges in this case were brought as part of the U.S. Attorney's Office's Native Shield Initiative. The Initiative is designed to help protect Indian women from physical and sexual violence committed by a non-Indian perpetrator against an Indian victim. The Initiative asks the U.S. Attorney's Office to focus on existing federal statutes that give the federal government jurisdiction to prosecute misdemeanor domestic assaults. The U.S. Attorney's Office will continue to work with its law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute crimes of physical and sexual violence perpetrated against women in Indian Country."



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