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Badge and Bar: Man charged with murder after baby he shook died years later
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Victor Alfonso Martinez
Victor Alfonso Martinez

A 31-year-old man was indicted on a malice murder charges Tuesday stemming from the March death of a 6-year-old boy.

In 2006, Victor Alfonso Martinez, also listed in the indictment as Victor Ledesma, pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated battery and cruelty to a child in the first degree after the then newborn infant, Edwin Ledesma, suffered severe injuries by shaking.

The boy succumbed to those injuries, the indictment states. According to reports from the 2006 charges, the 4-day-old infant suffered retinal bleeding, which caused blindness, deafness and a fractured leg.

Martinez is serving a 20-year sentence in state prison.

Three Gainesville residents indicted in armed robbery

Cuba Alaska Martin III, 22, Rytavious Ellison and Ciera Wilson, 18, all of Gainesville, were indicted Tuesday on armed robbery charges.

According to the indictment, they stole a purse, cellphone and credit cards at gunpoint from a 47-year-old woman on Dec. 12.

Ellison and Martin had both been previously charged in armed robberies; Martin in a Feb. 21 home invasion at Lake Lanier Club apartments, and Ellison in a Jan. 25 purse snatching at the parking lot of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

The three are being held in the Hall County jail.

Gainesville man acquitted of sex charge

Anthony Truong
Anthony Truong

Anthony Truong, 22, of Gainesville was acquitted Wednesday of aggravated sodomy and false imprisonment and found guilty of misdemeanor battery by a Hall County jury.

The incident, reported in December 2012, was investigated by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office. The most serious aggravated sex charge carried a 25-year mandatory minimum sentence.

“The alleged victim testified that she was never forced to engage in any sex acts, and had never been asked by the investigator what really happened,” said Senior Public Defender Larry Duttweiler, representing Truoung. “She was called to the stand, but favorable to the defense. She wanted to explain what really happened.”

The prosecution called an expert to advocate for the alleged victim during the trial that began Monday, Duttweiler said.

The district attorney’s office could not be reached for comment late Wednesday afternoon.

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