Defendant Victor Martin, 44, faces up to 96 years in prison when he is sentenced next month by Criminal Court Judge Chris Craft.
A jury convicted Martin of especially aggravated robbery, attempted especially aggravated kidnapping and setting fire to personal property of another.
The incident occurred around 7 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2015, when the man pulled off of I-240 in Midtown to get a cup of coffee at a service station on South Parkway. After talking briefly to Martin about how to get back on the interstate, the victim bought Martin a cup of coffee. As the man was getting into his car to leave, however, Martin pulled a pistol and ordered the man to slide over. The victim struggled with Martin who then began punching and pistol-whipping him until the victim finally escaped.
The victim was taken to the hospital where was treated for a severe laceration above his eye, a broken nose and other facial fractures that required surgery. Also, his glasses were broken and his hearing aid was broken and pushed into his ear canal.
A short time later, the victim’s vehicle was found on fire in a nearby abandoned house on East Utah. Inside were the remains of wedding presents, antique shotguns, large wagon wheels, drinking glasses made in France, a train set from the 1950’s and clothing.
Martin was developed as a suspect and was arrested later that day. Some of the victim’s property, including a collection of baseball, football and NASCAR cards, was recovered under a stairway at the apartment where Martin was living.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Atty. Jose Leon of the DA’s Special Prosecution Unit which seeks maximum sentencing for repeat felony offenders.