Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Fatally Shooting Girlfriend in Head
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GALVESTON – On Thursday, March 21, 2019, a Bacliff man, Orlando Martinez, was found guilty by a Galveston County Jury and sentenced to prison for the felony offense of Criminal Negligent Homicide. The defendant faced a range of punishment of a minimum 2 years in prison to a maximum of 10 years, or probation.

 

On July 30, 2017, deputies with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call for an attempted suicide.  Upon arrival, they discovered a critically wounded and unresponsive female lying on a couch with a bullet wound to her head. Also present at the home was the victim’s boyfriend, Orlando Martinez. The deputies were immediately suspicious of the suicide report, due to the fact that the firearm had been removed from the home and could not be located and other witnesses had also fled the scene. Orlando Martinez gave multiple statements to authorities and persisted in his claim that the victim had shot herself.  Martinez would ultimately admit under further questioning that he was responsible for the shooting but that it had been an accident. Martinez claimed that he had removed the magazine and believed the gun was unloaded when he pointed it at his girlfriend and pulled the trigger, shooting her once in her forehead. Martinez further admitted that, rather than seek medical attention or render aid, he instead called members of his family while others in the home removed the gun, narcotics, and a surveillance system from the scene. The narcotics and surveillance system were later recovered hidden in a ditch nearby, while the firearm was recovered by a dive team in a creek at Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock. Following the Sheriff’s Office’s investigation, Martinez was charged with Manslaughter.

 

At trial, prosecutors Rebekah Saunders and Paul Love confronted the Defendant with his multiple inconsistent statements and challenged his claim that the shooting was an accident, instead arguing the shooting was both reckless and negligent. At the conclusion of testimony and argument, the jury rejected the Defendant’s claim and found him guilty of a lesser included offense of Criminal Negligent Homicide and further found that he had used a deadly weapon during the commission of the crime, enhancing the punishment for the offense. During the punishment stage of trial, prosecutors focused on the life and planned future of the 18-year-old victim, who had just graduated high school and was scheduled to begin college for nursing that same month.  Prosecutors introduced evidence that the victim was the mother of a two year old child who will now be raised by the victim’s widowed mother. Evidence was further presented that at the time of the shooting, the Defendant was still on felony probation for Evading in a Motor Vehicle.

 

In her closing argument, Assistant District Attorney Rebekah Saunders argued that the Defendant’s actions warranted significant punishment for senselessly taking the life of a young mother and that a message needed to be sent to the community about the duty to handle guns responsibly at all times.  At the conclusion of the punishment phase of trial, the Jury sentenced the Defendant to 9 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Sentencing was held on Thursday, March 22, 2019 in the 212th District Court. The Defendant will be eligible for parole after he serves one-half of his sentence in prison.

 

Martinez was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Rebekah Saunders and Assistant District Attorney Paul Love in the 212th District Court, with Judge Patricia Grady presiding. The District Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.



Comments:
Doesn't seem long enough.
Posted by carmen at 3/24/2019 1:44:56 PM

This makes 2 I can claim as a Dependent on my taxes next year.
Posted by USMC66'- at 3/24/2019 4:01:07 PM

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