October 16, 2021
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Man sentenced for beating girlfriend

March 26, 2021

Defendant Alberto Ramon Martinez, 25 year old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced on March 18, 2021 by the Honorable Christopher Honigsberg to serve six years and four months in state prison after pleading no contest to charges of felony domestic battery against his girlfriend. Additionally, he admitted to having two prior domestic violence related convictions within the last seven years.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This defendant continued to assault Jane Doe after multiple interventions by the courts. Hopefully this sentence will give the victim, and the community, protection for some time.  This is a reminder that there are resources available, such as the Family Justice Center, to assist victims.”

On September 7, 2020, officers were dispatched to the Budget Inn in Rohnert Park regarding a domestic disturbance. Officers gained entry into the hotel room and observed it in disarray. Initially, no one appeared to be occupying the room. While walking through the hotel room, officers observed a handwritten note lying on the hotel room mattress with the contact information for a Sonoma County domestic violence hotline. The victim, Jane Doe, defendant’s girlfriend of six years, was located in the bathroom crying and disoriented with injuries on her face, neck and body. 

Throughout their investigation, officers learned that a verbal dispute between Jane Doe and defendant escalated into a physical confrontation. During the confrontation, defendant cornered her in the hotel room, placed her in a headlock and dragged her across the room. He then wrestled her to the ground and placed her head in between the hotel mattress and box-spring. Officers learned the defendant placed all of his body weight on the top mattress, obstructed Jane Doe’s breathing, and causing her to lose consciousness. When she regained consciousness ten minutes later, defendant had fled the residence. 

The defendant had a history of abusing Jane Doe, including instances where he strangled her, struck her with a metal pole and skateboard and burned her. The defendant also had prior convictions with separate victims.

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Alex Fisher of the District Attorney’s Office and was investigated by the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety.