Jason Martinez, 29, of Parker and an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, pleaded guilty this week in two separate cases to child abuse and assault with a dangerous weapon.
On April 3rd, 2009, Martinez beat a minor victim with a plastic hanger. On January 24th, 2010, Martinez walked into the home of his estranged wife without permission. They exchanged words, and Martinez grabbed the victim by her shirt and pushed her. The victim’s brother tried to intervene by pushing the defendant away from his sister. Martinez fell to the floor, and the victim’s brother called the police. The victim’s brother returned to intervene, and Martinez grabbed a knife and stabbed him in the chest and leg. Martinez then ran to his wife, and stabbed her multiple times in the chest and back.
The crime of child abuse carries a maximum of 3.75 years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release. The crime of assault carries a maximum of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release. Sentencing is set for October 18 in U.S. District Court. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.