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United States v. Martinez

United States District Court, D. New Mexico

October 22, 2019

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff,
v.
EUGENE MARTINEZ, Defendant.

          Fred Federici Attorney for the United States Acting Under Authority Conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515 Albuquerque, New Mexico Maria Ysabel Armijo Randy M. Castellano Matthew Beck Assistant United States Attorneys United States Attorney's Office Las Cruces, New Mexico Attorneys for the Plaintiff

          Sarah M. Gorman Law Offices of Robert D. Gorman Albuquerque, New Mexico Susan M. Porter Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Angel DeLeon

          Richard Sindel Sindel, Sindel & Noble, P.C. Clayton, Missouri Brock Benjamin Benjamin Law Firm El Paso, Texas Attorneys for Defendant Joe Lawrence Gallegos

          Patrick J. Burke Patrick J. Burke, P.C. Denver, Colorado Cori Ann Harbour-Valdez The Harbour Law Firm, P.C. El Paso, Texas Attorneys for Defendant Edward Troup

          Russell Dean Clark Las Cruces, New Mexico Attorney for Defendant Leonard Lujan

          James A. Castle Castle & Castle, P.C. Denver, Colorado Robert R. Cooper Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Billy Garcia

          Douglas E. Couleur Douglas E. Couleur, P.A. Santa Fe, New Mexico Attorney for Defendant Eugene Martinez

          Phillip A. Linder The Linder Firm Dallas, Texas Joseph E. Shattuck Marco & Shattuck Albuquerque, New Mexico Jeffrey C. Lahann Las Cruces, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Allen Patterson

          John L. Granberg Granberg Law Office El Paso, Texas Eduardo Solis El Paso, Texas Orlando Mondragon El Paso, Texas Attorneys for Defendant Christopher Chavez

          Nathan D. Chambers Nathan D. Chambers, LLC Denver, Colorado Noel Orquiz Deming, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Javier Alonso

          Scott Moran Davidson Albuquerque, New Mexico Billy R. Blackburn Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Arturo Arnulfo Garcia

          Stephen E. Hosford Stephen E. Hosford, P.C. Arrey, New Mexico Jerry Daniel Herrera Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Benjamin Clark

          Pedro Pineda Las Cruces, New Mexico León Encinias León Felipe Encinias Attorney at Law Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Ruben Hernandez

          Gary Mitchell Mitchell Law Office Ruidoso, New Mexico Attorney for Defendant Jerry Armenta

          Larry A. Hammond Osborn Maledon, P.A. Phoenix, Arizona Margaret Strickland McGraw & Strickland Las Cruces, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Jerry Montoya

          Steven M. Potolsky Jacksonville Beach, Florida Santiago D. Hernandez Law Office of Santiago D. Hernandez El Paso, Texas Attorneys for Defendant Mario Rodriguez

          Jacqueline K. Walsh Walsh & Larranaga Seattle, Washington Ray Velarde El Paso, Texas Attorneys for Defendant Timothy Martinez

          Joe Spencer El Paso, Texas Mary Stillinger El Paso, Texas Attorneys for Defendant Mauricio Varela

          Richard Jewkes El Paso, Texas Lauren Noriega The Noriega Law Firm Los Angeles, California Amy E. Jacks Law Office of Amy E. Jacks Los Angeles, California Attorneys for Defendant Daniel Sanchez

          George A. Harrison Las Cruces, New Mexico Kimberly S. Brusuelas-Benavidez Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Gerald Archuleta

          B.J. Crow Crow Law Firm Roswell, New Mexico Attorney for Defendant Conrad Villegas

          Theresa M. Duncan Duncan, Earnest, LLC Albuquerque, New Mexico Marc M. Lowry Rothstein Donatelli, LLP Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Anthony Ray Baca

          Charles J. McElhinney CJM Law Firm Las Cruces, New Mexico Attorney for Defendant Robert Martinez

          Christopher W. Adams Charleston, South Carolina Amy Sirignano Law Office of Amy Sirignano, P.C. Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Christopher Garcia

          William R. Maynard El Paso, Texas Carey Corlew Bhalla Law Office of Carey C. Bhalla, LLC Albuquerque, New MexicoRyan J. Villa Albuquerque, New Mexico Michael V. Davis Michael V. Davis, Attorney & Counselor at Law, P.C. Corrales, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Carlos Herrera

          Justine Fox-Young Albuquerque, New Mexico Ryan J. Villa Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Rudy Perez

          Lisa Torraco Albuquerque, New Mexico Donavon A. Roberts Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Andrew Gallegos

          Erlinda O. Johnson Law Office of Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, LLC Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorney for Defendant Santos Gonzalez

          Angela Arellanes Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorney for Defendant Shauna Gutierrez

          Alfred D. Creecy Albuquerque, New Mexico Jerry A. Walz Walz and Associates Albuquerque, New Mexico Attorneys for Defendant Brandy Rodriguez

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

         THIS MATTER comes before the Court on the Defendant's Objections to PSR, filed September 23, 2019 (Doc. 2891)(“Objections”). The primary issues are: (i) whether the 2-level adjustment for restraint of victim under § 3A1.3 of the United States Sentencing Guidelines Manual (U.S. Sentencing Comm'n 2018)(“U.S.S.G.” or “Guidelines”)[1] applies to Defendant Eugene Martinez' conviction for Count 2, because Martinez held the legs of the victim, Rolando Garza, so that Garza could not escape the killing; (ii) whether the 2-level adjustment for vulnerable victim under U.S.S.G. § 3A1.1(b)(1) applies to Martinez' conviction for Count 2, because SNM placed a greenlight on Garza and Martinez helped kill Garza in his prison cell; and (iii) whether the United States Probation Office's determination of a criminal history category of VI in the Presentencing Investigation Report, filed September 16, 2019 (Doc. 2881)(“Second PSR”), should be reduced to category V, because of irregularities in the Second PSR's criminal history section. The Court concludes that: (i) Martinez physically restrained Garza, who was killed in a small, enclosed area, by holding Garza's legs, establishing that he was restrained under U.S.S.G. § 3A1.3 by a preponderance of the evidence, so the Court overrules this Objection; (ii) Garza's status as an SNM target imprisoned with SNM members, of which Martinez was aware, establishes that Garza was a vulnerable victim under U.S.S.G. § 3A1.1(b)(1) by a preponderance of the evidence, so the Court overrules this Objection; and (iii) Martinez's criminal history category should be reduced from VI to V, because the Second PSR contains several prior convictions that were illegal and should not count toward Martinez' criminal history score, so the Court sustains this Objection.

         Martinez pled guilty to the Second Superseding Indictment Count 2, “Murder of R.G.” on May 5, 2017. Second Superseding Indictment at 10, filed March 9, 2017 (Doc. 949)(“Indictment”). See Plea Agreement ¶ 3, at 2, filed May 5, 2017 (Doc. 1138). In his Plea Agreement, Martinez admits the following facts and declares them true under penalty of perjury:

I became a member of the SNM in 1998 in Estancia. The SNM is an ongoing criminal organization whose members, prospects and associates engage in acts of violence and other criminal activities, including murder, kidnapping, attempted murder, and conspiracy to manufacture/distribute narcotics. The SNM operates in the District of New Mexico and elsewhere. The SNM constitutes an enterprise (individuals associated in fact that engaged ...

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