Man Faces Life in Prison for Murder of Santa Maria Woman

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Source: District Attorney of Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced [Wednesday] that Victor Aureliano Martinez, age 32, will face life in prison without the possibility of parole as a result of being found guilty of first degree murder.  The jury found true the special circumstances of felony murder for burglary in the first degree, robbery, and rape by foreign instrument.  The jury further found true the special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly weapon, a hammer, during the crime. On July 24, 2015, Defendant Martinez with his Co-Defendant Jose Villagomez entered the home of Marilyn Pharis while Ms. Pharis was sleeping.  Ms. Pharis woke up to Defendant Martinez attempting to sexually assault her.  Defendant Martinez then began to beat and repeatedly strangle Ms. Pharis as she fought back.  Ms. Pharis died as a result of the assault.

District Attorney Dudley stated, “This case was heartbreaking for both Marilyn Pharis’ loved ones and the entire Santa Maria community. This extraordinary verdict is the result of relentless hard work and professionalism on the part of the Santa Maria Police Department and Prosecutors Ann Bramsen and Fabiana Fede and their team.”

Mr. Martinez will return to Court on July 2, 2018 for sentencing setting in Department 6 in the Santa Maria Superior Court.

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Luvaduck Jun 29, 2018 09:24 AM
Man Faces Life in Prison for Murder of Santa Maria Woman

Wish it were possible to know how monsters like this, home-grown or foreign, come into existance so circumstances could be changed or they could be wiped out long before they impact others in any way.

a-1558868874 Jun 29, 2018 01:06 PM
Man Faces Life in Prison for Murder of Santa Maria Woman

Can't say as to how they come into existance but the resign that this particular monster was able to murder this innocent woman was because of Santa Maria's sanctuary city policy. He should have never been in the US to begin with and after he was arrested he should never have been released back onto the streets. Now we are stuck with that same failed policy thru out the State.

a-1558868874 Jun 28, 2018 12:32 PM
Man Faces Life in Prison for Murder of Santa Maria Woman

What this article doesn't mention is that the murderer was an illegal alien who had been recently released from custody without informing ICE. By letting this guy back on the street the officials of Santa Maria acted as accomplices to the crime of felony murder, burglary in the first degree, robbery, rape by foreign instrument and torture by hammer. Everyone who let this man free without informing ICE should face charges.

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