Paul Martinez gets probation

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Courts > Defendant pleads no contest after claiming he was jumped in VFW parking lot

By Tris DeRoma

Paul Martinez, the Los Alamos youth who tried to cover up a bungled drug deal by saying he was mugged, was sentenced in magistrate court last week.
Martinez was charged with making a false report about a violation of the criminal code. In court, he pleaded no contest to the charge and waived a jury trial.
His attorney, Bill Snowden, asked Judge Pat Casados for leniency for his client.
“He seems to have learned his lesson and is prepared to deal with his mistake in entering his no contest plea,” Snowden said. “Therefore, it seems appropriate he receive a sentence in the lower range.”
Being there was no objection from the state, Martinez was sentenced to 364 days of supervised probation and 24 hours of community service. He must also pay $73 in court costs plus probation fees.
When Casados asked Martinez if he was remorseful, Martinez said yes.
“I’ve learned my lesson and I’m sorry, and I’ve got nothing else to say, your honor,” Martinez said.
When Casados pressed him further about what lessons he learned, Martinez said, “That I’ll never lie — to lie to a county official, to a police officer again.”
Casados also sentenced him to a year in jail, suspended.

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