A Thief River Falls man was sentenced Tuesday, Oct. 6 in Pennington County District Court for separate felony offenses.
Ricardo Martinez, 29, was sentenced for felony offenses of methamphetamine-related crimes involving children and escape from custody.
For the meth charge, Martinez was sentenced to 15 months in prison stayed for five years. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 120 days in jail concurrently with another case. Martinez was given credit for 73 days served. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years.
Martinez was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. A lifetime ban on the use or possession of firearms, ammunition, and explosives was ordered. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample. Martinez was also ordered to pay $260 in fees and fines.
That charge stemmed from many calls to police on May 15, according to the complaint. Martinez had called about loud noise coming from his neighbor’s upstairs apartment. The complaint doesn’t list the address; however, the police report referred to an apartment building at 416 Main Ave. N. Neither the officer nor the sergeant heard any “atypical noise.”
The sergeant spoke with the neighbor and asked the neighbor to keep the noise down. Martinez called police several more times, reporting a disturbance involving at least three men. However, each time officers arrived, they found no one there. At one point, officers were standing in the hallway and were invited into his apartment after he learned they were officers.
Martinez said one of the aforementioned men had been staying at his apartment rent-free and he had kicked the man out because he was afraid of some men that the second man had brought to the apartment. Inside the man’s room, officers saw a plastic baggie with meth residue as well as some meth paraphernalia. Police disposed of those items. During another call, Martinez said people had been harassing him outside of his apartment. Police arrived and found no one there.
Martinez invited an officer into his apartment, where the officer saw a scale with meth residue in a living room area. Martinez’s 6-year-old daughter was sleeping nearby. On the way out of the apartment, the officer saw a small baggie containing 1.2 grams of meth. Martinez said the man planted both of those items. The child was removed from Martinez’s custody, and Pennington County Human Services placed her with a foster family.
For the separate escape charge, Martinez was ordered to serve 17 months in prison stayed for five years. As a condition of that sentence, he was ordered to serve 120 days in jail concurrently with another case. Martinez was given credit for 70 days served. Work release and Sentence to Serve privileges were granted. He was ordered to serve supervised probation for five years. Martinez was ordered to complete a chemical assessment. He was ordered to not use or possess firearms, ammunition, and explosives. He was ordered to provide a DNA sample. Martinez was also ordered to pay $260 in fees and fines.
That charge stemmed from a May 18 report to the sheriff’s office, according to the complaint.
On that day, Martinez appeared in court on the above felony meth charge, which was pending at the time. The court granted him a furlough from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. that day. However, Martinez failed to return at that time. Half an hour later, the jail administrator called Martinez, who said he was walking back to the jail. He failed to return. At about 7:50 p.m. that day, Martinez returned to the jail and said he had bail money for his pending meth charge. Martinez was then arrested for felony escape from custody.