Laguna Heights man found guilty of assaulting family member

Laguna Heights man found guilty of assaulting family member
Cameron County District Attorney's Office
CrimeWatch
Friday, June 13, 2014 - 7:14am

A jury found Laguna Heights resident Joel Martinez guilty late Wednesday of assault family/household member with previous conviction.

Martinez, 25, assaulted a family member by striking her and dragging her by the hair in August 2013 in Laguna Heights.

The victim refused to cooperate with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office, but the evidence was strong enough to convince a jury.

“Continuing to prosecute domestic violence cases even with an uncooperative victim is extremely important when ending the cycle of violence,” District Attorney Luis V. Saenz said. “Oftentimes, a victim later has remorse for his or her abuser and wishes to not proceed with prosecution. This only reinforces the abuser’s actions, and the domestic violence
continues.”

Martinez will be sentenced later this month.

Assistant District Attorneys Julie Allen and Carlos Martinez prosecuted the case in the 445th state District Court.

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