Cody Martínez, 31, of Ratón was sentenced Oct. 19 in federal court in Santa Fe to 92 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release for assaulting a federal employee, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney.
Martínez was arrested on Jan. 29, 2016 on a federal criminal complaint for assaulting a U.S. Postal Service letter carrier. According to the criminal complaint, Martínez 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. Martínez was apprehended shortly thereafter while attempting to flee from law enforcement officers. The victim was seriously injured in the assault.
Martínez was indicted on Feb. 24, 2016 and was charged with assaulting a federal employee resulting in bodily injury.
On Nov. 4, 2016, Martínez pled guilty to the indictment and admitted that on Jan. 20 he assaulted a federal employee, a mail carrier, by striking him in the head with a dangerous weapon, a brick, causing bodily injury.
Martínez 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 Ratón Police Department, with assistance from the Eighth Judicial District Attorney's Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Presiliano Tórrez prosecuted the case.