- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A fired worker was sentenced to 99 years in prison after pleading guilty in the shooting death of his former supervisor at an Anchorage hotel.

Javier Martinez, 50, was sentenced Tuesday for the October 2011 death of 55-year-old Kerry Fadely following the termination of Martinez at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel, the Alaska Dispatch News (https://is.gd/msNfry) reported.

Fadely’s death led to a new standard in Alaska when the state Supreme Court ruled her same-sex partner Deborah Harris was eligible for benefits.

Martinez, a citizen of the Dominican Republic, also was sentenced in federal court last year to 65 years in prison for identity theft, weapon violations and illegally entering the United States. The sentence imposed Tuesday will run consecutive to the federal penalty.

Martinez agreed to plead guilty to the maximum sentence in the state case under the stipulation that it would be up to a judge to determine if the sentence would run consecutive to the federal sentence.

Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton decided a consecutive sentence was appropriate, saying Martinez’s actions were “about as fully depraved an act as I can fathom.”

Authorities said Martinez was fired from the hotel after a disagreement. He returned about a week later and shot Fadely multiple times in front of witnesses, assistant District Attorney Katholyn Runnels said.

The killing was premeditated, said Runnels, explaining that Martinez noted in exit paperwork from the hotel that he wanted his last paycheck sent to the local jail.

During the sentencing hearing, Harris called the killing a “stupid, needless act of violence.”

In response, Martinez replied, “You don’t know that.”

Defense attorney Jim Corrigan had argued against a consecutive sentence, saying it was not necessary.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, https://www.adn.com

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