PORTLAND, OR (Fox News) – A Mexican man who has been deported from the United States at least 13 times has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to assault, kidnapping and other charges in separate attacks on two women on the same day.
Local TV stations reported from the courtroom that Sergio Jose Martinez received the sentence Friday in Portland, a day after another man in the United States illegally was found not guilty by a jury in San Francisco in the shooting death of a woman that touched off a fierce national immigration debate.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions highlighted Martinez’s case when he visited Oregon in September.
A spokesman for the county prosecutor’s office did not immediately return a call seeking comment on the case.
On July 27, 2017, KOIN reported:
Police previously arrested the 31-year-old man linked to two violent attacks on women in Northeast Portland more than 10 times in the past decade, according to records obtained by KOIN 6 News.
Sergio Jose Martinez remains in the Multnomah County Detention Center with bail set at more than $2 million.
On Wednesday, Martinez was arraigned at the Multnomah County Justice Center on a total of 13 felonies including burglary, sodomy, sexual abuse, robbery and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He has been linked to two separate attacks on July 24 in Northeast Portland.
The first attack happened near the intersection of Northeast 17th and Irving, according to police. Martinez used scarves and socks to bind the victim’s hands and feet and blindfolded her, according to court documents. He proceeded to violently attack the woman physically and sexually.
The second attack happened near Northeast 21st and Halsey several hours after the first attack, according to police. Martinez is accused of approaching a woman with a knife and threatening to kill her. Police believe that Martinez was trying to kidnap the
woman as she left work.
According to an official Portland Police Bureau report, officers have arrested Martinez a total of 13 times since 2008.
February 2008 – Drinking in public
March 2008 – Theft of a motor vehicle
March 2008 – Hit and run
January 2017 – Criminal trespassing
February 2017 – Drug offenses
February 2017 – Interfering with public safety
March 2017 – Fugitive Warrant
March 2017 – Detox, civil hold
March 2017 – Fugitive warrant
April 2017 – Theft of services
April 2017 – Shoplifting
June 2017 – Fugitive warrant
July 2017 – Criminal trespassing
He was also cited in June 2017 for providing false information to police.
Prior to his arrest on Monday, his most recent arrest was for criminal trespassing. Details about that case were not immediately disclosed because of the on-going investigation into the two assaults Martinez is accused of committing.
The police bureau has a total of 7 different names and various birth dates Martinez has used over the years.