Oscar Martinez enters plea
The third person allegedly involved in a Hiawatha home invasion in May 2017 has pleaded no contest at his arraignment on Monday, July 9.
According to Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill, Oscar Martinez, 28, of Bern entered the no contest plea to the charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated battery. In exchange for the plea, charges of aggravated burglary and criminal restraint were dismissed. O. Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced Monday, Aug. 6.
O. Martinez was arrested in February 2018 by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department after extraditing him from jail in Nebraska, where he was being held on separate charges. Hill said his office had to go through a lengthy process in order to bring him back to Kansas.
O. Martinez is being held for the above charges which stem from a home invasion in Hiawatha on May 16, 2017.
It is alleged that O. Martinez – along with co-defendants Edgar Martinez and Jazmene Hicks, both of Sabetha – 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. Items taken from the scene included a pair of car keys, billfold and an RCA tablet.
O. Martinez remains in the Brown County Jail after his request for a bond modification was denied and his bond revoked.
E. Martinez and Hicks were arrested for their involvement in the crime on May 19, 2017. In November 2017, they both received their sentences — 56 months in prison for E. Martinez and 36 months supervised probation for Hicks.
Hicks was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 28, after it was found that she violated the terms of her probation. She has been sentenced to 120 days in prison.
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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.