An illegal immigrant convicted of kidnapping a Douglas County High School cheerleader at knifepoint appeared remorseful as he apologized to the …
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An illegal immigrant convicted of kidnapping a Douglas County
High School cheerleader at knifepoint appeared remorseful as he
apologized to the girl's father during a May 1 sentencing
Pedro Martinez, 25, appeared in court wearing a red prison
uniform and shackled at the ankles and wrists. His lawyer, Daniel
Katz, asked District Court Judge Nancy Hopf to explain to Martinez
anything he said while addressing the court could be used against
him in a future appeal.
"Kidnapping in the first degree carries a mandatory sentence of
life in prison without the possibility of parole," Hopf said to
Martinez. "The court has no discretion. I'm sure your attorneys
have advised you that anything you say today can be used against
you in an appeal."
Martinez chose to address the court against his lawyers'
During his apology, Martinez looked directly at Steve Scott, the
father of 19-year-old Amber Scott. In March, a jury found Martinez
guilty of kidnapping Amber Scott from the Walgreens parking lot in
Castle Rock in April 2006 in an attempt to get money.
"I am very sorry and ashamed of my actions," Martinez said
through tears. "Please forgive me for the grief I have caused you.
My family has also been hurt by this. … I would like to say I never
killed anyone, and I never touched anyone. Amber could have left
whenever she wanted. Whenever I get released, I will never return
to this country again."
Martinez has three felony drug convictions out of Arizona and
was deported to Mexico as a result. Katz said Martinez re-entered
the country to be with his family.
"What a terrible thing to do to someone," Steve Scott said of
the kidnapping. "[Amber] will carry this for the rest of her
He said his daughter was emotionally unable to give a statement
to the court, so he read a short note she wrote.
"The night I was kidnapped, my entire view of life and safety
was changed forever," Steve Scott read.
Two of Martinez's friends spoke on his behalf, and Katz read
letters from Martinez's younger brother and his cellmate.
"Pedro is a quiet man," Marty Chase said. "He's funny. He's
pretty easygoing. I've never seen him raise his voice. … I know he
has made some poor decisions, but he has also brought a lot to this
community and his friends."
Hopf acknowledged Martinez's remorse before handing down the
sentence. She assured him the sentence did not mean he is "an evil
person" and she was not "passing judgment on his soul."
"Even if this was an aberration for you, Mr. Martinez, that
evening changed the life of an entire family and victim," Hopf
In addition to the life sentence without the possibility of
parole, Hopf handed down five additional sentences ranging from six
months to 20 years to run concurrently with the life
During the trial, Katz attempted to convey to the jury Martinez
and Amber Scott knew each other and staged the kidnapping in an
attempt to get money from Scott's parents. Katz said he intends to
Contact Jess Buskirk at 303-663-7171
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