Santa Rosa, CA – June 24, 2021 – Defendant Thomas Alejandro Martinez, 23 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today to serve 20 years in state prison by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg after pleading “no contest” to charges of attempted murder in April of this year. In addition to Martinez’s plea to attempted murder, he also admitted sentencing enhancements for using a firearm during the crime, and inflicting great bodily injury to the victim.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “We believe this sentence is very appropriate. Those that seek to use firearms in Sonoma County to further their criminal activity should be aware that my office has always, and will continue to aggressively seek lengthy prison sentences for such behavior.”
The shooting took place back in March 2018 after Martinez had been searching for the victim to settle a debt. Martinez, along with his associate Miguel Sanchez-Aleman, and Aleman’s girlfriend, found the victim sitting in his car at an apartment complex on Corby Avenue. They parked close by, their presence concealed behind a large vehicle.
From there, the two men rapidly descended on the victim. Martinez produced a handgun, broke out the driver’s window, and proceeded to repeatedly pistol-whip the victim. When the victim attempted to flee in his car, Martinez fired multiple shots with one striking the victim in the abdomen. Both men ran back to their sedan and fled the scene. As they did so, Sanchez-Aleman’s girlfriend jumped out of the getaway car and stashed the gun in her nearby apartment.
Severely injured, the victim drove to a local convenience store where he was able to call for help. Emergency crews arrived and rushed him to the hospital for lifesaving medical treatment.
Both co-conspirators previously pled “no contest” and were sentenced for their role in the attack.
Deputy District Attorney Brian Morimune prosecuted the case. The Santa Rosa Police Department undertook the investigation.