Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Friday
He sexually assaulted a women in her home and attacked another in a parking lot
Both were on the same July day, a week after he was released from jail
He had been there for interfering with police; he’d also been deported 20 times
Martinez pleaded guilty to 10 counts including sodomy and sexual assault
A Mexican man who was deported from the US 20 times has been convicted of 10 counts including sexual assault in Oregon.
On Friday, Sergio Jose Martinez, 31, was sentenced to 35 years in prison in a Portland courtroom after pleading guilty to kidnapping, sexual assault, sodomy and several other counts, KOIN reported.
Martinez smiled throughout the trial, and as he left, he gave one grim parting shot to his two victims’ relatives: ‘See all you guys in Hell.’
Sheriff Michael Reese said he could not legally continue to hold Martinez on the federal agency’s ‘immigration detainer’ request, but if ICE had sent a criminal detention warrant signed by a judge, he could have been held longer.
He was released consistent with the orders of the court. No federal or state criminal warrants were present at the time he left our custody,’ he said at the time.
However, he noted that Martinez had been deported before ‘and has returned to commit additional crimes. It would help our community to understand how he was held accountable by federal authorities for multiple, illegal re-entries’ Reese said.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions highlighted Martinez’s case when he visited Oregon in September and urged local jurisdictions that don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents to reconsider those policies.
Martinez is not eligible for early release due to a 1994 ballot initiative passed by Oregon voters that establishes mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes.
After 35 years, ICE would be able to take him into custody if they monitor his release date, the attorney said. By then, Martinez will be 66 years old.
ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said that the agency will want Martinez transferred to its custody when he completes his sentence, so it can deport him.
Just a day prior to Martinez’s conviction, another man who had also been deported multiple times for being in America illegally, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, was found not guilty by a jury in San Francisco in the shooting death of a woman. That case touched off a national immigration debate.