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Arizona father Anthony Martinez will get life sentence on homicide conviction in hunger loss of life of 6-year-old son

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A northern Arizona man has been sentenced to jail for the remainder of his life on convictions together with first-degree homicide within the 2020 hunger loss of life of his 6-year-old son, in accordance with court docket proceedings.

A Coconino County choose sentenced Anthony Martinez, 28, on Friday to life in jail on the homicide conviction, with extra jail sentences linked to youngster abuse and kidnapping convictions within the abuse of the deceased youngster and an older sibling.

Moreover, cumulative sentences of three years jail have been added on two convictions for aggravated assault, which might be served concurrently or credited towards time served.

The Arizona Every day Solar reported that Martinez declined to talk through the court docket listening to however wrote a letter to his youngsters that was learn aloud by a protection legal professional, apologizing “for all of the issues I put you thru.”

A authorized consultant for Martinez didn’t instantly reply to phone and electronic mail messages looking for remark Saturday.

Presiding Choose Ted Reed cited aggravating elements in sentencing Martinez, describing the crimes as particularly heinous and merciless whereas Martinez was ready of belief as the youngsters’s father. The choose additionally acknowledged that Martinez suffered by means of a traumatic childhood and that he had no prior felony convictions.

Authorities say the boy who died, Deshaun Martinez, was locked in a tiny bed room closet for 16 hours a day over a month together with his older brother as punishment for stealing meals within the dwelling at night time whereas their mother and father slept.

An post-mortem confirmed the boy weighed simply 18 kilos (8.1 kilograms) when he died — nicely beneath common for his age. The style of loss of life was listed as a murder.

The boy’s mom, Elizabeth Archibeque, pleaded responsible to first-degree homicide and youngster abuse and was sentenced in July 2023 to life in jail with out the opportunity of parole.

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