Springs Man Convicted Of Attempted Murder

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A Springs man was convicted of attempted murder in the second degree, a felony, by a Suffolk County jury on Wednesday, November 16.

The conviction stemmed from an assault in 2011. Sabas Martinez, 44, beat and stabbed his estranged girlfriend, and then shot her with an air rifle, in her East Hampton home early in the morning of February 13, 2011, according to prosecutors from Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota’s office. Mr. Martinez and the victim have three daughters, two of whom witnessed the assault, according to a release from the DA’s office.

The victim has since recovered from her wounds after being hospitalized and undergoing surgery.

Mr. Martinez was tried last year, and a partial verdict was returned that convicted him of assault in the second degree, a felony, as well as criminal possession of a weapon and endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. The jury had deadlocked on the attempted murder charge.

Mr. Martinez’s second trial, focusing on the charge of attempted murder, began on November 3, and the jury began deliberations on Monday, November 14. The verdict came back two days later.

Justice Timothy Mazzei remanded him to the Suffolk County Jail, where he will await sentencing on December 16. He faces up to 25 years in prison.

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