Judge: 192 years to life in prison for sex assaults

Nerio Martinez

A man convicted at trial earlier this year on 65 sex-assault related felonies involving teenage girls was sentenced this afternoon to 192 years to life in prison.

Nerio “Ned” Martinez, 37, of Grand Junction, could have faced even more time under a combination sentencing schemes which were available to District Judge Thomas Deister. Martinez’s hour-and-a-half long sentencing hearing was devoted largely to arguments over how long prison terms should be stacked.

Enhancing the prison time was Deister’s ruling that Martinez is a habitual criminal, with five unrelated felony convictions stemming from arrests from 1995 to 1997.

“You and I go way back,” Deister told Martinez, noting Martinez’s prior juvenile and misdemeanor convictions.

Martinez declined to speak before hearing his sentence.

Martinez was convicted in May by a Mesa County jury on 65 counts, including sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, and sexual assault on child as a pattern of abuse. Prosecutors argued he sexually assaulted three teenage girls at a total of 17 times over several years.




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