Former Rays prospect Brandon Martin gets life in prison after murdering three people with baseball bat
Former Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brandon Martin has been sentenced to life in prison after murdering three people, including his father, with a baseball bat, according to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times.
Martin will not be eligible for parole during the sentence.
Just in: A Riverside County Superior Court jury has returned a verdict of life in prison without the possibility of parole for ex-Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brandon Martin after he was convicted of murdering three people, including his father, with a baseball bat in 2015.
— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) November 19, 2020
Martin, 27, was selected in the first round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Rays. He went in the supplemental round and was the No. 38 overall pick. Martin, a shortstop, spent three seasons in the minors, hitting .211/.281/.371 over 628 plate appearances. Martin did not play in the minors following the 2013 season. He was released by the Rays in March 2015.
Brandon Martin arrested after murdering three people in 2015
That September, Martin was arrested in connection of the murder of his father, uncle and another man. Martin, who had reportedly been experiencing unspecified psychiatric issues, previously admitted to police he choked his mother and threatened her with scissors. He also previously punched his father and put his mother in a headlock, according to court records.
The family was reportedly having a security system installed on the day of the murder. Martin reportedly beat his father, uncle and a security technician with a bat engraved with Martin’s name. Martin fled the scene and was eventually apprehended by police.
Martin has remained in jail since the arrest. On Nov. 5, Martin was found guilty of three counts of first-degree murder. The Riverside County District Attorney’s Office had been seeking the death penalty for Martin, according to the Press-Enterprise.
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