Martin Contreras Sentenced
updated: May 20, 2014, 4:54 PM
Source: District Attorney
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that 39-
year old Martin Contreras was sentenced to 29 years 4 months in state prison
after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted murder and admitting the
special allegations of being armed with a gun and committing the crimes for the
benefit of a criminal street gang.
The first attempted murder took place on September 15, 2009, where Contreras
shot at another gang member standing outside his home in the Donovan
neighborhood in the City of Santa Maria. The second attempted murder took place
on October 3, 2010, in the City of Santa Maria near the area of Preisker Lane
and Roemer Way. During that incident, Contreras was involved in a vehicle chase
and fired a number of gun shots from his vehicle at a rival gang member. In
both shootings, neither of the intended targets was injured.
District Attorney Dudley commended the Santa Maria Police Department's gang
suppression team for their outstanding investigative work in these two crimes
and stated, "Justice was served in this case today. A dangerous gang member
is now off the streets of Santa Barbara County."
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