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A man arrested in a shooting in Sacramento had recently left prison


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — An injured man arrested in connection with a shooting in Sacramento that killed six people and injured a dozen others had been released from prison weeks earlier and was rejected for release even earlier after prosecutors argued he “clearly had little regard for human life,” documents show.

Smiley Martin, 27, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a submachine gun. Hours before Sunday’s attack, Martin posted a Facebook Live video of himself brandishing a handgun, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

Smiley Allen Martin, two days before being released on probation in Sacramento County for his sentence for bodily harm and assault likely to cause grievous bodily harm on February 6, 2022.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via Associated Press

Police were trying to determine if a stolen handgun found at the crime scene was used in the massacre. It had been converted into a weapon capable of automatic fire. They were also trying to determine if the weapon Martin wielded in his video had been used, the official told the AP. He was briefed on the investigation but was not authorized to discuss details publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Martin and his brother were among those injured when gunfire erupted near the state Capitol around 2 a.m. Sunday as bars closed and patrons filled the streets. More than 100 shots were fired in quick succession as hundreds of people rushed to find safety. Authorities were trying to determine if a street fight outside a nightclub could have triggered the shooting.

The Sacramento County coroner identified the women killed as 21-year-old Johntaya Alexander; Melinda Davis, 57; and Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21. The three men killed were Sergio Harris, 38; Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32; and De’vazia Turner, 29.

A man arrested in a shooting in Sacramento had recently left prison
Xander Simpson and Britonnie Cooper, cousins ​​of victim De’vazia Turner, comfort each other at the scene of Turner’s death at 10th and K in Sacramento, California on April 5, 2022.

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Martin remained hospitalized and will be charged when his condition improves enough for him to be jailed, according to a police statement.

Her brother, Dandrae Martin, 26, was arrested on Monday as a “relative suspect” on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and being a convict carrying a loaded weapon. He was not seriously injured and made a brief appearance on the firearms possession charge Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court wearing orange jail scrubs.

Investigators believe the two brothers stole firearms and are trying to determine how they obtained them, the law enforcement official told the AP.

A 31-year-old man who was seen carrying a handgun immediately after the shooting was arrested on Tuesday for possession of a weapon, although police said his gun was not used in the crime.

Smiley Martin has a criminal history dating back to 2013. He was released from state prison in February on probation after serving two years of a 10-year sentence for hitting a girlfriend, dragging her out of her house. her by the hair and whipping her with a belt. , prosecutors said.

Martin might have been released sooner, but a parole board denied his request for early release in May after prosecutors said the 2017 felony assault as well as the gun possession convictions of assault and robbery posed “a significant and unreasonable risk to the safety of the community”.

Martin “clearly has little respect for human life and the law” and has displayed criminal behavior since age 18, a Sacramento County assistant district attorney wrote in a letter last year to the Commission. parole hearings.

It was unclear if Smiley Martin had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

Dandrae Martin, who was held without bail, was released from an Arizona prison in 2020 after serving just over a year and a half for violating probation in separate cases involving marijuana and drugs. serious assault.

Defense attorney Linda Parisi said she doesn’t know enough about the California case yet and whether or not she seeks Martin’s release will depend on whether prosecutors press charges. heavier.

“If the evidence turns out to show it was just a stage presence, that certainly makes more of a case for release,” Parisi said. “If he shows more aggressive driving, he would object to it. But we don’t know that yet.”

Associated Press writers Stefanie Dazio, Brian Melley and Christopher Weber in Los Angeles, Don Thompson in Sacramento, Jacques Billeaud in Phoenix and researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this story.



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