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Jury Convicts Man Of Rape

Samuel Martinez, 70, Tecumseh, Mich., was convicted of two counts of rape and sentenced to 25 years to life, Friday, Aug. 30, in a Fulton County Common Pleas Court jury trial.

Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecution attorney, said between June 2013-June 2015, he did, by force, engage in sexual conduct with a person under the age of 13.

A grand jury indicted Martinez on two counts each of rape and gross sexual imposition on July 20, 2015.

He was not arrested on those charges until Oct. 2017.

Haselman explained the two-plus year delay between indictment and arrest by saying, “Mr. Martinez was involved in criminal legal proceedings in Michigan at the time the Fulton County indictment (and) warrant was issued.

“As I understand it, Ohio authorities knew where Mr. Martinez was during the time he was indicted here in Fulton County and the time the warrant was ultimately served.

“As I further understand things, the warrant in this case was served once the Michigan matter concluded.”

Custody

Haselman said a $1 million bond was set for Martinez, but other than a brief medical furlough in October 2018, he was never released from custody.

As part of Martinez’s defense, a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity andor incompetence to stand trial was entered. Except for times when he was taken to mental health facilities in connection with that plea, he was held at the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio.

Trial, Sentence

Haselman said after hearing the evidence at trial, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for about a half hour before returning two guilty verdicts.

After the guilty verdicts were returned, Jeffrey Robinson, Fulton County Common Pleas Court judge, moved immediately to sentencing.

He sentenced Martinez to 25 years to life on each count, to be served concurrently. Total time: 25 years to life.

He was also found to be a Tier III sex offender. He is required to register his address with the sheriff of the county in which he lives every 90 days.

The charges were the result of an investigation by the Fulton County and Lenawee County (Mich.) sheriff departments.