Life in prison for abusing daughter


Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig announced today that on July 6, Yolo Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard sentenced West Sacramento’s Michael Martinez to 335 years to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of 47 counts of child molestation and five counts of possessing matter depicting sexual acts by a minor.

The jury found Martinez guilty in May of abusing his seven-year old daughter — committing child molestation and recording video evidence of the acts on a cell phone.

The girl testified in the trial. According to the D.A.’s office,Martinez initially confessed his guilt and then reversed himself in trial.

The D.A.’s office said that according to a probation report ,Martinez did not apologize to the victim, and that he claimed,“There is a lot about this that has been misunderstood by everyone” and he “can’t be responsible for something he had no control over.”

Deputy District Attorney Sara Abrate prosecuted the case. She said in a press release: “This sentence ensures the defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison and will never have the chance to victimize another child.”

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