Melque B. Martinez
A North Platte man with extensive experience behind bars is headed back to the state pen.
Melque Martinez, 38, of North Platte was sentenced to the state penitentiary for up to four years Monday for third degree domestic assault – third offense.
Martinez will serve a minimum of a year and two-thirds in the penitentiary under the sentence handed down by Lincoln County District Judge Donald Rowlands.
Martinez’ jail record shows more instances of assault than three.
In view of Martinez’ extensive record, Rowlands said he had no choice but to send him to the pen.
“I have reviewed your record and it is extensive,” Rowlands said. “You have been to the pen before for 1½-3 years for attempted escape and burglary.”
Penitentiary records show Martinez served six months of that sentence before he was released Jan. 28, 1997.
Rowlands also referred to Martinez’ county jail record.
“You have had at least a dozen county convictions since that penitentiary sentence too,” he told Martinez.
Martinez has spent most of the last two years in the Lincoln County jail. He served 158 days after he smashed a mirror over a man’s head and put the man in the hospital in November 2011. He also assaulted his girlfriend and another woman at the same time, prosecutors said. He got out in May 2012 but went back in August after another assault.
He has hardly been out of jail since.
His county jail record includes numerous assault charges since 2006, including six domestic assaults, four third degree assaults, one aggravated assault, one jail fight, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. His record also shows he has served jail time for driving under the influence, criminal mischief, protection order violation, theft, probation violation and failures to appear several times.