SACRAMENTO SHOOTING SUSPECT RELEASED EARLY FROM PRISON JUST SIX WEEKS BEFORE INCIDENT
Last Sunday, there was an apparent gang shootout at 2 AM in a bar, just a few blocks from Capital Hill in Sacramento where six were killed and 12 wounded. One of the suspects arrested was Smiley Martin. Martin had been released from prison just six weeks prior where he was serving a 10 year sentence for a brutal assault on his girlfriend who had been engaging in prostitution, purportedly at his direction.
Although the District Attorney had repeatedly argued against his early release, because of his long history of violence and use of multiple automatic weapons, Smiley Martin was given "credits earned" under Prop 57 program and he served less than five years.
Just two days later, the Senate Public Safety Committee was presented with SB 1042 which would make human trafficking a "violent" and "serious" crime under California Penal Code and would allow sentencing under the three strikes law. This bill would have given stronger sentencing for those who violently assault human trafficking victims. The bill was denied by the Committee.
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