According to The Daily Mail Darwin Martinez-Torres a suspected MS-13 gang member and illegal alien pled guilty on 28 November 2018 to eight counts, including capital murder, related to the June 2017 slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen.
Reportedly Hassanen had been out with a group of friends eating a pre-dawn meal at a fast-food restaurant ahead of Ramadan services at a local mosque. Martinez-Torres was driving by and got into a dispute with the group. Martinez-Torres got out of his car and started chasing the group of teens with a baseball bat. Nabra is believed to have tripped on the hem of her robe as she was running and fell, causing Martinez-Torres to catch her. Prosecutors said the undocumented El Salvadorian immigrant struck Hassanen with a baseball bat, raped then killed her and threw her body in a pond. Martinez-Torres defense attorney indicated his client had consumed 13 to 16 drinks that night and had smoked synthetic marijuana.
Under the conditions of Wednesday's plea agreement that allows Martinez-Torres to avoid the death penalty, Martinez-Torres will be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
Martinez-Torres’ defense team argued he has a low IQ and is intellectually disabled from being exposed to toxins from a gold mine in his home in El Salvador. Had the case gone to trial, prosecutors were prepared to introduce evidence of Martinez-Torres’s affiliation with MS-13.
Martinez-Torres has been living in the US illegally and ICE placed a detainer on him following his arrest, raising the possibility of a deportation.
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