The illegal alien that made headlines in late 2011 for the shooting of his supervisor at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage was sentenced to federal prison according to the Department of Justice today.
48-year-old Javier Martinez of the Dominican Republic received a sentence of 65 years in federal prison from Chief U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline on 12 federal offenses, which include one count of re-entry after deportation, five counts of making false claims of United States Citizenship, five counts of aggravated identity theft, and a single count of possession of a firearm by an illegal alien. He was found guilty of those charges by a jury in June of this year.
During that June trial, Martinez attempted to convince the court that he had actually never been deported, but had slippped out of the rear of the aircraft before it departed to the Dominican Republic after being escorted to the aircraft by immigration officers in 1992. He made this claim in order to skirt the count of re-entry after deportation charge. But, special agents from Homeland Security Investigations testified at the trial that he admitted to them during questioning, that he had indeed been deported and sent back to the Dominican Republic.
Martinez was also convicted of identity theft, in one instance, after returning to the U.S., Martinez took the identity of Victor Rodriguez Flores of Puerto Rico. He used this identity to acquire an Alaskan ID and to gain employment at Anchorage hotels that included the Sheraton, Embassy Suites, Quality Inn and the Millennium Hotel.
Martinez was caught as a result of the fatal shooting case of Kerry Fadely, a supervisor at the Millennium Hotel in Anchorage in October 2011. It was then, approximately one week after he got into an altercation with Fadely after being fired from his job there, that Martinez, who, at the time, was believed to be Victor Rodriguez Flores, shot and killed Fadely at the hotel.
Witnesses to the fatal shooting incident at the hotel testified at the trial that Martinez brought a Ruger .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol to the hotel and used it to kill Fadely. After the shooting, Martinez left the pistol as well as a letter explaining why he was unhappy at the hotel and also told the hotel where to send his final paycheck, directing it to be sent to the Anchorage jail. The letter and the firearm were recovered from the scene.
Martinez told investigators during questioning, that it was easier to get a gun in Anchorage than it was to get a pack of cigarettes or a six-pack of beer.
After the shooting at the hotel, authorities closed down Spenard Road near the hotel in an effort to locate Martinez, he was later apprehended as he was returning to his house from a bar in the area.
During sentencing, Judge Beistline described Martinez as a person who “cannot be deterred and cannot be rehabilitated.” The judge also said that Martinez had no “socially redeeming values” and was a dager to society. The judge also brought up Martinez’s criminal record which, amongst other crimes, included drug trafficking and repeated assaults on women.
Martines is still awaiting trial on state charges, including First Degree Murder, in the Millennium Hotel shooting.