Suspect Arrested in Connection with Sacramento Shooting Served Reduced Sentence Because of New California Law


Smiley Martin

Police arrested a second suspect on Tuesday in connection to the mass shooting that took place early Sunday morning in downtown Sacramento as the bars emptied out.

27-year-old Smiley Martin was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun.

26-year-old Dandrae Martin (brother of Smiley Martin) was taken into custody on Monday as a “related suspect” and was charged with assault and illegal firearm possession.

Six people died and 12 others were injured in the massacre.

The six people who died were identified by the Sacramento Coroner’s Office:

  • Johntaya Alexander, 21
  • Melinda Davis, 57
  • Sergio Harris, 38
  • Joshua Hoye-Lucchesi, 32
  • Yamile Martinez-Andrade, 21
  • Devazia Turner, 29

Smiley Martin only served a fraction of his 10-year prison sentence due to a new California law that reduced the punishment for felonies.

Martin was released early from prison in February and was arrested again on Tuesday in connection with the mass shooting in Sacramento.

According to police no suspects arrested in connection with Sunday’s shooting has been charged with homicide yet.

AP reported:

A suspect arrested in connection with last weekend’s mass shooting outside bars in Sacramento served less than half his 10-year sentence because of voter-approved changes to state law that lessened the punishment for his felony convictions and provided a chance for earlier release.

Smiley Allen Martin was freed in February after serving time for punching a girlfriend, dragging her from her home by her hair and whipping her with a belt, according to court and prison records.

Those count as nonviolent offenses under California law, which considers only about two dozen crimes to be violent felonies — such as murder, rape, arson and kidnapping.

Martin, 27, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of a machine gun. He is among the 12 people wounded during Sunday’s shooting, which killed six others.

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