New Mexico Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Letter Carrier With A Brick

Colfax County Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Federal Employee

Defendant Assaulted a U.S. Postal Service Letter Carrier with a Brick

 Tuesday, November 8, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE – Cody Martinez, 30, of Raton, N.M., pled guilty last week in federal court in Albuquerque, N.M., to assaulting a federal employee.  The guilty plea was announced by U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez, 8th Judicial District Attorney Donald Gallegos, and Inspector in Charge Keith Fixel of the Phoenix Division of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Martinez was arrested on Jan. 29, 2016, on a federal criminal complaint for assaulting a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier.  According to the criminal complaint, Martinez struck the victim in the back of the head with a brick while the victim was delivering mail in Colfax County, N.M., on Jan. 20, 2016.  Martinez was apprehended shortly thereafter while attempting to flee from law enforcement officers.  The victim sustained serious injuries as a result of the assault.

New Mexico man charged with striking letter carrier in head with brick

Martinez was indicted on Feb. 24, 2016, and was charged with assaulting a federal employee resulting in bodily injury.  On Nov. 4, 2016, Martinez pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Jan. 20, 2016, he assaulted a federal employee, a mail carrier, by striking him in the head with a dangerous weapon, a brick, causing bodily injury.

At sentencing, Martinez faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  He remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

Martinez was arrested on Jan. 20, 2016 on local charges filed by the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  Those charges were dismissed in favor of federal prosecution.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Raton Police Department, with assistance from the 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Presiliano Torrez is prosecuting the case.