One of two brothers Sacramento police have arrested in connection with a shooting that broke out near the state’s Capitol and left six dead had injured his spouse years ago in eastern Riverside County and later faced similar legal troubles in Arizona, according to officials and records.
Dandrae Stephan Martin, 26, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of domestic violence in 2014 at a courthouse in Blythe near the Arizona border, Superior Court records show, admitting to hurting the mother of his child.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
But Martin violated the terms of his probation, skipping out on community service and a 52-week domestic violence class. The court issued a $5,000 bench warrant for him in October 2015.That warrant was still open when he was arrested Monday, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department records.
In 2016, Martin was charged in Maricopa County, Arizona, which includes Phoenix, with aggravated assault and domestic violence, a felony charge to which he pleaded guilty, according to court documents.
According to Fox 10 in Phoenix, Martin admitted to “punching, kicking and choking a woman in a hotel room when she refused to work for him as a prostitute.”
He served time beyond bars in Arizona, Fox 10 reported, getting released in 2020.
It’s not clear where Martin lived or grew up, but his brother who was arrested, Smiley Martin, indicated on his Facebook page that he went to high school in Sacramento.
Smiley Martin, 27, was among those seriously injured when at least 100 shots rang out in a popular nightlife area early Sunday. He remains in a hospital under guard by police. Officials have said when he is released from the hospital, Smiley Martin will be arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing a machine gun.
Sacramento police said Dandrae Martin was arrested on suspicion of assault with a firearm and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
They haven’t detailed how police believe the brothers tie into the mass shooting.
Police described one of the guns found at the scene of the shooting as “a stolen handgun” that was “found to have been converted to a weapon capable of automatic gunfire.”
It’s not clear if police believe that gun was connected to either of the Martins.
Source: Orange County Register