A California man has pleaded guilty of killing his mom, 6-month-old daughter, ex-girlfriend and two children.
The man identified as Martin Martinez was sentenced on Tuesday to five consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders of his mother Ana Brown-Romero; his niece Esmeralda Navarro; his ex-girlfriend Dr. Amanda Crews; and her two children, Elizabeth Ripley and 6-month-old Rachel Martinez, whom they shared, according to the Office of the District Attorney Stanislaus County.
He was accused of killing five people — including his 6-month-old baby daughter — in 2015 including his ex-girlfriend’s son, who died a year prior to the murders.
The 35-year-old admitted to killing the two women and three children inside a Modesto, Calif., home on July 18, 2015.
Martinez entered the residence through the garage door before stabbing his 57-year-old mother Brown-Romero to death with a knife, according to the Office of the District Attorney Stanislaus County. He then suffocated Elizabeth, his ex-girlfriend’s 6-year-old daughter from another relationship, and his 5-year-old niece Esmeralda when he found them upstairs in the master bedroom, prosecutors said.
According to Rees’ office, Martinez then went on to suffocate baby Rachel in a downstairs bedroom. Prosecutors said Martinez waited by the front door following the four murders and stabbed his ex-girlfriend Dr Crews to death when she entered the house.
In his court appearance on Tuesday, Martinez was also convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Christopher Ripley, Crews’ 2-year-old son who died on Sept. 30, 2014 of blunt force trauma to the head. Pathologist concluded that Christopher’s death was “consistent with Christopher’s head hitting the tile floor as a result of abuse.”
Martinez is set to face court on March 12 to hear family members provide victim impact statements.