Court Updates: Home Invasion

The two Sabetha residents who were involved in a Hiawatha home invasion received their sentences in a Brown County Courtroom Monday, Nov. 6.

According to Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill, Edgar Martinez, 21, of Sabetha was sentenced to a total of 66 months in prison. His request for probation was denied and he was remanded to the Brown County Jail for delivery to State prison.

Hill also said that Jazmene Hicks, 23, of Sabetha was sentenced to a total of 56 months in prison. Martinez’s request for probation was granted by the court, and she is required to register as a violent offender for 15 years under the Kansas Offender Registration Act. She was also placed on intensive supervision probation with community corrections.

The duo received their sentences because of their involvement in a May 16 home invasion in Hiawatha. Hicks and Martinez were arrested after they broke into the home of Ray Atlakson, 30, where Atlakson reported he was battered and robbed, with his hands tied behind his back before the suspects fled the scene. Atlakson was taken to the Hiawatha Community Hospital by ambulance for the treatment of his injuries.

Martinez and Hicks were arrested on Friday, May 19, by the Hiawatha Police Department — with the assistance of the Kansas Highway Patrol, Sabetha Police Department and the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to E. Martinez and Hicks, a third suspect — Oscar Martinez, 27, of Bern — is being sought on a warrant for aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault and criminal restraint. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of O. Martinez should contact Hiawatha Police Department at 785-742-2156.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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