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Nashua man pleads guilty in 2015 assault case

By DEAN SHALHOUP

Staff Writer

NASHUA – Charged a year ago with conducting a chilling, three-month reign of physical and sexual abuse of his teenage girlfriend at the time, former Nashuan Anthony Martinez, 23, elected to plead guilty to 17 of the 46 charges against him in exchange for a prison term of at least five years.

Martinez, formerly of 27 Elm St., Apt. C, was arrested Sept. 2, 2015, after the victim, suffering from multiple injuries – including a fractured rib – escaped from Martinez’s apartment and fled to her mother’s house, according to police reports and documents filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court South. ...

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NASHUA – Charged a year ago with conducting a chilling, three-month reign of physical and sexual abuse of his teenage girlfriend at the time, former Nashuan Anthony Martinez, 23, elected to plead guilty to 17 of the 46 charges against him in exchange for a prison term of at least five years.

Martinez, formerly of 27 Elm St., Apt. C, was arrested Sept. 2, 2015, after the victim, suffering from multiple injuries – including a fractured rib – escaped from Martinez’s apartment and fled to her mother’s house, according to police reports and documents filed in Hillsborough County Superior Court South.

Prosecutors and Martinez’s attorneys, public defenders Paul Borchardt and Jeff Odland, reached what’s called a “capped plea agreement,” in which the sides present their sentencing recommendations to a judge, who then determines the sentence the defendant will serve.

Under the agreement, Martinez entered guilty pleas to 17 of the 46 charges he faced. Prosecutors, represented at Tuesday’s hearing by Assistant County Attorneys Kathleen Broderick and Leslie Gill, recommended a sentence of eight to 16 years in State Prison, while Borchardt and Odland asked Judge Charles Temple to sentence their client to five to 12 years.

Both sides agreed to an additional prison sentence of 10-20 years, all suspended for 10 years beginning when Martinez is released from prison.

He must also participate in all programs recommended by prison and corrections officials, stay out of trouble and have no contact with the victim or her family after he is released from prison, according to the terms.

Martinez, who has been in Valley Street jail in Manchester on high bail since his arrest, will be sentenced at a hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Nashua court.

The seven felony charges to which he pleaded guilty include two counts of first-degree assault – domestic violence, Class A felonies; two counts of second-degree assault – domestic violence, strangulation; one count of second-degree assault – domestic violence; and two counts of criminal threatening, Class B felonies.

The other 10 are Class A misdemeanors, including seven counts of simple assault – domestic violence, and one count each of obstructing the report of a crime, criminal threatening and criminal trespass.

The agreement calls for the remainder of the charges to be nol prossed, or dropped, by prosecutors.

According to police reports and court documents listing the charges, the ongoing abuse, torment and threats that Martinez carried out against the girl came to a harrowing conclusion Aug. 28, 2015.

That afternoon, the girl, a high school student who had been living with Martinez for several months, fled the Elm Street apartment and headed for her mother’s house, the documents say.

Although Martinez chased the girl, broke into her mother’s house and then grabbed a phone from her 13-year-old brother as he tried to call police, the family was able to call for help when Martinez eventually fled, the documents say..

As he departed, according to a Nashua police prosecutor, Martinez told the victim that if she reported him to police, “I will pay bail and I will kill you.”

“There’s no doubt in my mind that he would have done that,” Evie King, the prosecutor at the time who is now retired, told Judge Amy Introcaso.

Officers called to the scene spoke with the victim, who “disclosed several previous assaults,” police reports said..

Detectives issued a warrant for Martinez’s arrest upon learning he allegedly assaulted the girl with a machete and strangled her, reports state.

The investigation turned up numerous allegations against Martinez, including forced sex, beatings that left the girl with facial injuries that prevented her from going to school, isolation in a cold room, striking her with various objects and leading her to believe she would be killed if she tried to escape, according to documents.

Dean Shalhoup can be reached at 594-6443, dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DeanS.