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Brothers plead guilty to Raleigh brothel shootings

Posted December 17, 2008

— Two brothers pleaded guilty Wednesday in connection with a shooting this summer at a home in Raleigh that operated as a brothel.

Rony Alvararo Martinez, 24, and Elvin Adrian Martinez, 21, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Both men were originally charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in the June 28 shooting deaths of Marco Antonio Alvarez-Martinez, 19, and Gregorio Lopez-Estrada, 23.

Wake County Assistant District Attorney Susan Spurlin said Elvin Martinez and Rony Martinez charged into the house at 316 Sunnybrook Road, and shot the victims execution style at close range and injured two other people.

"This was all about money," Spurlin said.

A third suspect in the case, Mauricio Castillo, 19, told investigators the crime was Rony Martinez's idea and that they cased the house the week before the crime, she said.

"Both are equally culpable," Spurlin continued, adding that Elvin Martinez accepted responsibility while his brother did not.

Witnesses said the two men went to a cookout later that day and bragged about the details, laughing and showing no remorse, Spurlin said.

Rony Martinez apologized beforeSuperior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced both men to 38 to 49 years in prison, the maximum sentence under the charge.

Both men are from Honduras and are in the United States illegally. They will be deported at the end of their prison sentence.


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  • whatusay Dec 18, 2008

    Politicians say they are against illegals being here and will be strong on illegal immigration, until they are elected. The problem is too big and they are all incompetent on the issue. All they have to do is make mandantory jail time and a stiff fine for employers who hire them, no jobs and they will go home.

  • discowhale Dec 18, 2008

    it doesn't make a difference if all involved or just the shooters were involved.

    Look at just the known facts,

    3 illegal men were here, ILLEGALLY

    they killed or attempted to KILL 3 people

    it all happened over a BROTHEL

    the chances that the murder and attempted murder victims were legal citizens is a stretch, AND YOU KNOW THAT.

    That completely sidesteps the brothel issue. This isn't Neveda, brothels are ILLEGAL too. Lots of illegality happening here in this one story.

    There's nothing in this story to say they closed down the whor3hous3!!

    Quit giving a pass to this issue folks, it's harming our country. I do feel for people who come here to get a better life, but this was bad guys who came here to run a brothel, freq

  • Tax Man Dec 17, 2008

    Why do we permit this? Mr Obama, please shut down our borders and remove all the illegal criminal aliens (not just Hispanics, but all illegal aliens). You need to make the employers responsible - hire an illegal - go to prison! All employers can easily verify if a person is here legally able to work online - all you need is the social security number, name and date of birth - you get an instant report! I do it for my clients every day - it is FREE! E-verify. If they don't pass it you should call ICE and have them take the person away! If someone is deported and ever come back into the US - it should be mandatory 25 years in prison! Stop the invasion - remove the criminals!

  • monkeyboy Dec 17, 2008

    "Here we go again......losing LEGAL CITIZENS to the illegals here!!" - illegals--GO HOME

    Didn't see anywhere in the article where the victims were here legally. That doesn't make killing them ok, but let's not jump to conclusions.

  • Thinking Right Dec 17, 2008

    I see a lot of "this is because of hispanics". Let's not blame all hispanics for the actions of a few. That's like saying all blacks are bums and all whites are prejudice. Yes, anybody here illegally should be deported, but let's not work ourselves into a frenzy and blame all hispanics.

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  • pleshy Dec 17, 2008

    However, this demonstrates why Gitmo cannot be closed and the terroists brought here for investigation

  • mom2threecld Dec 17, 2008

    they look evil and mean. stricter laws need to be in effect about illegals. they are majority of the drunk drivers causing highway deaths, and crime rate is up with the hispanics being a prime cause.

  • Bob3425 Dec 17, 2008

    I would like the US government to paid their country to keep them lock up, cheaper for us,they outta of here and I believe it would be a deter others. Let face it our jail are probably better than the houses they live in.

  • illegals--GO HOME Dec 17, 2008

    Here we go again......losing LEGAL CITIZENS to the illegals here!!