San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office
OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY 222 E. Weber Ave., Room 202, Stockton, CA
P. O. Box 990, Stockton, CA 95201
T (209) 468-2400 | F (209) 465-0371
TORI VERBER SALAZAR District Attorney Scott A. Fichtner Assistant District Attorney Kristine M. Reed Assistant District Attorney James Bojko Chief Investigator
News from the Office of District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar
For Immediate Release
December 16, 2019
CONTACT: Angela Hayes, Deputy District Attorney
T: (209) 468-2400 | E: Angela.Hayes@sjcda.org

Man Sentenced Today for His Involvement in Shooting Spree That Resulted in Five Separate Attempted Murder Convictions

Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Alfonso Henry Martinez, 25, was sentenced to several consecutive life sentences along with 50 plus years of consecutive time on gun use enhancements. A jury convicted him on December 21, 2018, for the attempted, premeditated murders of four minors on July 12, 2014, along with the additional attempted murder of Shabrina Taylor on December 15, 2014.

“Let this be a clear message to those who are the drivers of violent gun crimes in this county: this behavior will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted and punished to the full extent of the law,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar.

According to court records, on July 12, 2014, Mr. Martinez initiated a fight with several minors while others recorded the incident with cell phones. Mr. Martinez was the lone adult in the melee and five or six juveniles participated. An adult neighbor intervened, stopped the altercation, and the group of youths left. Four of the boys who ranged in age from 12 to 15, returned to the scene to recover some lost property but were met by Mr. Martinez at his front door armed with a gun.

At that point, the boys left the scene on foot, within minutes, Mr. Martinez followed them in a gold Lexus and opened fire on the four boys from a distance of 15 to 20 feet. The shooting occurred at the corner of 9th and Pilgrim Street in Stockton, California. One victim was struck in the leg and required surgery. One of the other victims ran for his life, but was chased by Mr. Martinez. A witness at the trial testified that as he was leaving work, he approached the intersection of 8th and Pilgrim Streets when a young male ran through the intersection being followed by another young male in a tan car. The male in the tan car abruptly stopped his car in the intersection, jumped from the vehicle and fired at the back of the young teenager’s head. That young man was found lying in the middle of 8th street with a gunshot wound to the head. As a result of the gunshot wound to his head, the victim lost his eye and sustained residual brain damage.

On December 15, 2014, Shabrina Taylor was a passenger in a BMW sedan, which was stopped at a red light at the corner of Van Lark and Hammer Lane in Stockton. Mr. Martinez drove up next to Ms. Taylor and the driver in a similar BMW sedan and asked them if they wanted to race. They refused and Ms. Taylor rolled up her window. At that point, Mr. Martinez pointed a handgun and fired several rounds into the passenger side of their vehicle. Mr. Martinez then chased their vehicle to Highway 99. Ms. Taylor had never met Mr. Martinez before and she did nothing to agitate him. Two days later, police officers apprehended Mr. Martinez after he attempted to flee from them.

The Honorable Judge Charlotte Orcutt who presided over the jury trial in this case sentenced Mr. Martinez. Although he was convicted of 15 separate counts, some of those charges reflected the same conduct. The following sentence was announced:

  • Counts 1 and 2: Penal Code § 664/187(A), Attempted Murder: Premeditated – Life with possibility of parole.
    Penal Code §12022.53(D), Personal Discharge of a Firearm Causing Great Bodily Injury – 25 years to life on each count to run consecutive to Counts 1 and 2
  • Count 3 and 4: Penal Code § 664/187(A), Attempted Murder: Premeditated – Life with the possibility of parole.
    Penal Code §12022.53(C), Personal Discharge of a Firearm – 20 years state prison on each count to run consecutive to Counts 3 and 4
  • Count 5 – 9: Imposition of sentence imposed but stayed because it is based on same conduct as Counts 1 – 4.
  • Count 10: Penal Code § 664/187(A), Attempted Murder: Premeditated – Life with the possibility of Parole
    Penal Code §12022.53(C), Personal Discharge of a Firearm – 20 years state prison to run consecutively to Count 10.
  • Count 12 and 13; Imposition of sentence imposed but stayed because it is based on same conduct as Counts 1 – 4.
  • Count 14: Penal Code § 245(A), Assault with Firearm – 3 years state prison
    Penal Code § 12022.5(A), Use of Firearm in Commission of Felony – 4 years state prison

The 12-year-old victim’s mother, Cassie McGill spoke in court today about the devastating impact this has had on her son. She recalled how the young boy pleaded with Mr. Martinez not to kill him and how he watched as he fired the shot that struck him in the leg as he was trying to get away. All of the victims testified in court against Mr. Martinez. District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar would like to thank the victims who found the courage to come to court to testify and thank the twelve citizens of this county who sat through six weeks of trial and participated in thoughtful deliberation. “Justice has definitely been served in this case, and although the sentence reflects the gravity of this conduct and these charges, Mr. Martinez will get to face a parole board after serving 25 years in prison because of the ‘youthful offender’ law codified in Penal Code §3051.” This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney, Angela Hayes, who would like to thank the exhaustive investigative work of the Stockton Police Department, in particular, Detective David Reeder.