A Burbank man convicted of shooting and seriously injuring two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and trying to kill four other deputies in Bellflower in 2016 was sentenced Thursday to 221 years to life in state prison.
With the two deputies who were wounded looking on in a Norwalk courtroom, Superior Court Judge Roger Ito imposed the term on Juan Manuel Martinez, a 42-year-old ex-convict with prior convictions for grand theft and drug-related offenses, according to Deputy District Attorney Garrett Dameron.
Martinez was convicted June 7 of five counts each of attempted murder of a peace officer and assault with a firearm upon a peace officer and one count each of attempted murder involving an undercover deputy, false imprisonment of a hostage, dissuading a witness by force or threat and felon in possession of a firearm.
Martinez shot one sheriff’s deputy who was in the process of pulling him over in the 16600 block of Lisa Avenue, near a DUI checkpoint on Lakewood Boulevard on June 23, 2016, authorities said.
He fled from the scene on foot, shot an undercover sheriff’s deputy and then fired at four other deputies before hiding for more than seven hours in a small structure, in which a man was held hostage for five hours, according to the prosecutor.
Martinez was not struck by the deputies’ return gunfire before the barricade and was taken into custody after a SWAT team fired tear gas into the structure behind a house in the 9000 block of Mayne Street in Bellflower.
He has remained jailed since then.