Luis Martinez was sentenced to 28 years-to-life today for shooting at a pair of uniformed police officers outside the Lower East Side’s Baruch Housing Projects in February of 2012.
In court, Martinez admitting to firing the first shot in the early morning of February 27. A bullet from his 9-mm pistol hit one officer’s gun belt. “If not for the metal gun magazine and leather pouch that prevented the bullet from piercing office Thomas Richard’s abdomen, he might not be alive today,” said Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., who read the sentence this morning.
According to trial testimony, Richards and Officer Thomas Dunne then fired back 14 times and chased Martinez. One of the officers’ shots struck Martinez in the buttock.
On January 31, a jury convened by the state supreme court convicted 27-year-old Martinez of two counts each of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree weapon possession.