Updated: Martinez Gets Five Years in Prison - Albuquerque Journal

Updated: Martinez Gets Five Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge William P. Chip Johnson has sentenced former Metropolitan Court administrator Toby Martinez to 67 months in prison.

Former Metro Court administrator Toby Martinez late this afternoon apologized for his role in the Metropolitan Courthouse corruption scandal.

Martinez told the court that in his years as the court administrator, he often overheard defendants blame police officers and others for their situations. “What was always lacking,” he said. “was personal responsibility.

“I am here to take responsibility for my actions.”

Martinez made his statement after the hearing was reopened after a temporary closure. He is expected to be sentenced after another short break.

U.S. District Judge William P. Chip Johnson this afternoon closed the sentencing hearing of Toby Martinez in the Metropolitan Courthouse corruption case.

Johnson did not give a reason for sealing the hearing, and it wasn’t clear when it would be reopened.

Martinez, the former court administrator, has pleaded guilty to mail fraud and conspiracy.

His wife, Sandra Martinez, was sentenced to five years of probation earlier today.

Sandra Martinez was also ordered to pay $106,000 in restitution. She had pleaded guilty to charges that she knew her husband was committing crimes and did not report it.

More than $4 million was stolen by state officials and contractors through fake invoices and inflated bids. In all, eight people have pleaded guilty in the case, including powerful former state Sen. Manny Aragon.

Aragon was sentenced to five and a half years in prison.

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