MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a New York City Corrections Department Captain was sentenced today for the attempted murder of his wife in December 2013.
Brian Martin, 38, of Roosevelt, was sentenced today by Acting Supreme Court Justice William O’Brien to 22 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision. The defendant was convicted on May 2 of Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree (a B violent felony), Assault in the 1st Degree (a B violent felony), Criminal Use of a Firearm in the 1st Degree (a B violent felony), Assault in the Third Degree (an A misdemeanor), Criminal Solicitation in the 4th Degree (an A misdemeanor), and 19 counts of Criminal Contempt 2nd Degree (class A misdemeanors). The trial started on March 28 and the jury deliberated for approximately one week.
“Brian Martin terrorized his wife for more than a year and nearly took her life when he aimed his service weapon at her face and shot her,” DA Singas said. “The victim needed multiple reconstructive surgeries to her face and suffers every day with the lasting scars of this incident. Domestic violence is an intolerable crime and my office is working every day to hold abusers like Brian Martin accountable for their actions.”
DA Singas said that on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the defendant shot his wife in the face after an argument in which she told him that she wanted a divorce. After a struggle with the defendant, the victim, also a NYC Corrections Officer, was on the ground trying to get up when the defendant, who was standing over her, fired the shot as she looked away. The argument was the culmination of a year-long marriage marked by violence on the part of the defendant. The defendant used his 9 mm Smith and Wesson Corrections Department approved service weapon to shoot his wife.
The victim was transported via ambulance to Nassau University Medical Center. The roof of the victim’s mouth was severely damaged in the shooting and she lost most of her teeth and must now wear dentures. Her face had to be reconstructed using several metal plates.
The defendant was arrested at the scene by members of the Nassau County Police Department First Precinct and First Squad Detectives investigated.
Martin was subsequently indicted for 264 counts of Criminal Contempt for violating Orders of Protection that were issued on behalf of the victim by calling her repeatedly from jail. Because of the large number of counts, only 19 were submitted for consideration by the jury.
Assistant District Attorneys Amanda Burke and Emma Slane of DA Singas’ Special Victims Bureau are prosecuting the case. Martin is represented by Dana Grossblatt, Esq.