The two brothers, so far the only suspects in Sunday’s mass shooting in downtown Sacramento, were both convicted felons who had been out of prison for the past two years. The older brother, Smiley Martin, was allegedly spotted in a live Facebook video brandishing a gun in the hours before the shooting, and prosecutors are already pointing to their vehement opposition to his recent release.
Sacramento police quickly identified two suspects in the shooting that followed a Saturday night of partying at downtown bars. It remains possible that other suspected shooters will be arrested and police have said they believe there was a shootout between multiple attackers.
One of the dozen people injured in the melee was 27-year-old Smiley Martin, who remains hospitalized but will face charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun once his condition improves. It was his brother, 26-year-old Dandrae Martin Booked Monday morning as a “related suspect” for assault with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. Neither man has yet been charged with the deaths of any of the six people killed.
Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said in a statement, “The investigation is very complex and involves many witnesses, videos of numerous types and significant physical evidence. This is an ongoing investigation and we expect further arrests in this case.”
After a call for the public to submit videos of Sunday morning’s events, Schubert’s office reportedly received over 100 videos from witnesses.
as reports the Associated Press, via an anonymous tip from law enforcement, Smiley Martin posted a live video of himself on Facebook showing one of his guns on Saturday. It’s not clear if this was one of the guns used in the shooting or the gun investigators found at the scene Sunday morning. The gun found at the scene was reportedly linked to Martin and was a handgun that had been converted into an automatic weapon.
Investigators reportedly also seized a firearm while searching a nearby home.
Schubert, who is running as an independent for California’s attorney general, is making noise about the fact that Smiley Martin was one of thousands of inmates recently released early due to a rule change by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR).
As the Sacramento Bee reports, someone from Schubert’s office had actually written a letter specifically opposing Martin’s early release from a 10-year sentence for domestic violence. Martin received the verdict in January 2018 and was apparently released from prison in 2021.
“Inmate Martin’s criminal behavior is violent and protracted,” Assistant District Attorney Danielle Abildgaard wrote in a two-page letter to the Parole Board dated April 29, 2021, detailing Martin’s multiple crimes and stints in prison since he was 18. “As shown According to inmate Martin’s pattern of behavior, he is a violent and non-compliant individual and has absolutely no regard for his victims who are left behind after numerous serious crimes. He has no respect for others, law enforcement, or the law. If he is released early, he will continue to break the law.”
It appears that both Martin brothers have a history of restraining women and/or forcing women into prostitution. The charges that landed Smiley Martin in 2018 with the 10-year prison sentence stemmed from an incident where he “was located [a girlfriend] hid in her bedroom closet and repeatedly hit her in the face, head and body with a closed fist, causing visible injuries.” Martin then allegedly pulled the woman by her hair to a waiting car, and prosecutors had texted evidence of this forced her into sex work and taught her how to accept payments.
Dandrae Martin was also released from Arizona prison in 2020 after serving a year and a half for a parole violation. That injury stemmed from a 2016 guilty plea in a grievous bodily harm case. As reported by KTVUthe younger Martin “pled guilty to punching, kicking and choking a woman in a hotel room when she refused to work for him as a prostitute”.
We can expect much more outcry about the criminal stories of the two Martin brothers and why they weren’t back in prison as this case continues to be covered in the media.
If you search Smiley Martin’s name, blame is already being poured out on Facebook, with both the governor and the Attorney’s Office being blamed for his early release – although the Attorney’s Office objected to that release, according to the letter sent by the received bee.
Schubert announces that last year she opposed an “emergency” change by the CDCR regarding the crediting of good conduct credits to penalties. She was one of more than 40 California prosecutors opposed the balance credit change last spring, and who together authored an open letter to the CDCR’s secretary in which they suggested the move would result in the early release of 76,000 inmates, including “some of California’s most violent criminals.”
The change comes after a year of such contingency measures aimed at reducing California’s once-bloated prisoner population, prompted in part by pandemic concerns.
Martin’s involvement in the shooting gives Schubert an “I told you so” moment at a time of intense debate over criminal justice reform.
Pictured above: Police are processing the crime scene at the corner of 9th Street and K Street following a shooting that occurred in the early hours of April 3, 2022 in Sacramento, California. Six people were killed and at least ten injured in the mass shooting in downtown Sacramento, with no suspects in custody. (Photo by David Odisho/Getty Images)
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