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Sacramento Shooting Suspect Was Out on Parole, Released Early from 10-year Sentence

Sacramento Shooting Suspect Was Out on Parole, Released Early from 10-year Sentence

Protesting parole plans, Sacramento DA wrote that suspect Smiley Martin had “absolutely no regard for his victims who are left in the wake of numerous serious offenses.”

As I noted in my report on the mass shooting incident in downtown Sacramento that claimed six lives, police were still on a manhunt for additional suspects.

Two more men have been arrested. One of them is the brother of the first suspect arrested in the case.

Two brothers suspected of being involved in a mass shooting in California that left six dead were under arrest Tuesday.

Detectives probing the apparent gun battle in downtown Sacramento, which erupted as nightclubs were emptying early on Sunday, say both men are suspected of possessing firearms.

One of the men, Smiley Martin, was among 12 people treated in hospital after a shootout in which at least 100 rounds were fired, apparently after a brawl.

Martin, 27, whose injuries are described as “serious,” is suspected of being in possession of a “machine gun,” police said Tuesday, adding he was being guarded by an officer while his medical care continues.

He is the brother of Dandrae Martin, 26, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of weapons offenses.

Smiley Martin has a lengthy criminal history and was released from prison in February just four years into a 10-year sentence for felony gun and robbery convictions.

The decision, made by California’s Department of Corrections, was even made over the strenuous objections of the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, which submitted a letter saying that the man ‘displayed a pattern of criminal behavior’ and posed a ‘significant’ danger to the community.

…His criminal record includes charges for domestic violence, aggravated assault, criminal damage and marijuana violations.

Smiley and Dandrae are believed to be the two who fired the guns. Smiley posted a live Facebook video of himself brandishing a handgun hours before the shooting. Authorities are trying to determine whether the weapon seen in the video was used in the shooting.

Last May, California officials planned the early release of up to 76,000 inmates, including violent and repeated felons, to further reduce the population of what once was the nation’s most extensive state correctional system. In January of this year, the California Supreme Court rejected such a move for violent felons (even those whose primary offense is considered nonviolent under state law).

In an exclusive, The Sacramento Bee offers the disturbing details behind Smiley Martin’s criminal history and the attempts by the Sacramento District Attorneys to prevent Martin from being released early from his lengthy sentence. The letter from the DA to the parole board clarifies that Martin presented a danger to the community.

“Inmate Martin’s criminal conduct is violent and lengthy,” Deputy District Attorney Danielle Abildgaard wrote in a two-page letter to the Board of Parole Hearings on April 29, 2021, opposing his release.

The letter, obtained by The Bee through a California Public Records Act request, details offenses including robbery, possession of a firearm and giving false information to police.

…The letter to the parole board came as Schubert’s office and 44 other DAs were preparing to sue the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation over policies that they say would result in the “early release” of 76,000 inmates statewide.

“As shown by Inmate Martin’s pattern of conduct, he is an assaultive and non-compliant individual and has absolutely no regard for his victims who are left in the wake of numerous serious offenses,” [Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie] Schubert’s office wrote last April. “He has no respect for others, for law enforcement or for the law.

“If he is released early, he will continue to break the law.”

California is genuinely reverting to the Wild West.


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And the logical extension – not conclusion – of all this madness is…..Ketanji Brown Jackson on the Supreme Court.

This is just the beginning.

    Supreme Court doesn’t handle sentencing. The questions about her record as a sentencing judge was just meant to try and make her look like a radical to people with too short an attention span to listen to why they should care she admires people like Bell.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Danny. | April 6, 2022 at 8:42 pm

      Oh yeah, they would never her give her bigger responsibilities than sentencing that could have long-term ramifications when she’s on the Supreme Court.

      Thanks for completing allaying all fears.

      gonzotx in reply to Danny. | April 6, 2022 at 9:47 pm

      Danny, get a grip with reality

      Guardian79 in reply to Danny. | April 7, 2022 at 8:39 am

      This is quite possibly the dumbest comment I have ever read. Is your position the Supreme Court never reviews sentencing decisions?! Are you saying that if I review Supreme Court opinions, there will be zero cases involving sentencing?!

      dmacleo in reply to Danny. | April 7, 2022 at 9:31 am

      show me you’re an idiot w/o us actually meeting.

      mbecker908 in reply to Danny. | April 7, 2022 at 11:36 am

      She is a radical. At the very least she doesn’t believe in the Constitution. But hey, neither do you.

Just another misunderstood ‘yout that the Correction System failed. His home in the projects probably didn’t have cable and/or broadband and no flat screen.

Deputy DA warned Dept of Corrections about inmate Martin, “If he is released early, he will continue to break the law.”

No need to throw the letter away. Will need to resubmit again in a couple of years when Dept of Corrections considers Martin’s next early release.

E Howard Hunt | April 6, 2022 at 5:47 pm

Perhaps if that brain tumor were removed from atop his head he would become docile.

2smartforlibs | April 6, 2022 at 5:52 pm

Guess the social workers botched another one.

We are all shocked to learn this news, I’m sure. The only surprise would be if the apparatchiks who run California actually treated law-abiding citizens with more sympathy, deference and concern than that which they reflexively and perennially extend to members of the criminal, sociopath class.

    Gosport in reply to guyjones. | April 7, 2022 at 5:08 am

    This shoot-out took place within one block of the California Capitol building.

    It’s not like they aren’t aware of the issue. They just want to blame the guns, not the repeat offenders who used them.

Massinsanity | April 6, 2022 at 6:51 pm

This mass shooting story will disappear quickly thats for sure.

“California is genuinely reverting to the Wild West.” Ah, can we have the Wild West back please. It was not as “wild” as portrayed and especially considering how “law and order” is no where to be found these days.

I peek at MSN once in a while… they conveniently missed reporting about the FULLY automatic firearm used and concentrated on “handgun” issues. It will be interesting to see just what it was. But definitely not for sale at Turners Outdoorsman in Cali. Shades of the Hollywood bank shoot out.

henrybowman | April 6, 2022 at 7:15 pm

“California is genuinely reverting to the Wild West.”
No. In the Wild West, innocent victims could shoot back.

The names of every person at the parole board who advocated for his release should be made public. Let the victims family members know exactly who thought this violent felon should be let back into the community.

“California is genuinely reverting to the Wild West.”

Nah, in the wild west that scumbag would be worm food already.

why don’t European countries with significantly shorter sentences for every category of crime have the type of recidivist rates we do and is the answer to that consistent with the idea that the problem is a parole board was too easy to persuade instead of something wrong in California?

Another example of a broken judicial system letting thugs out of prison early on a hope they’ll not break the law again. This is the definition of insanity.

the hair alone is an assault weapon.
yeah thats racist. I don’t give a shit.

Some people are just animals. You can use all the excuses you want…but if you are in and out of prison constantly, and are always walking around with a hand gun even though you are a felon….you need to be removed from society permanently. This low IQ career criminal is released just 4 years into a 10 year sentence by the far left wingers in the California DOC, and is walking around in night clubs with a machine gun…and decides to use it. What a POS…..and you know what, there are still going to be leftists out there defending him, with the usual ‘oh, he had a tough life’, and ‘well, his daddy left when he was 1’ and on and on.

Jack Klompus | April 7, 2022 at 1:04 pm


texansamurai | April 7, 2022 at 4:06 pm

can extend a bit of compassion/empathy for a homicide committed in a moment of anger / rage / overload, provided it’s an anomaly in the living of an otherwise normal / responsible life–when a perpetrator has a history of numerous and repeatedly violent crimes(and especially convictions for the same)the question becomes ” how many more innocent people have to suffer or die to confirm that this perp is a persistent danger to us all ? “and, more importantly, ” what is the best, most practical solution to the problem this perp presents? ”

kudos to the da who had the dedication/loyalty to their community to warn the parole board–they tried–the board, in their stupidity/delusion, chose to ignore a clear warning about a genuine psychopath

how did we fail these poor individuals, what could we have done better as a society to make sure that they didn’t have this empty whole where a heart should have been, making them ride out in the night and have to go on a homicidal shooting spree….


Wake up, Danny. Maybe your “attention span” is a little too short. The Constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment,” and there are cases where the constitutionality of sentences have been challenged. These cases will continue because the left rarely thinks punishment is appropriate. These were fair questions, just as the questions about the definition of a woman were fair given the likelihood of Title IX issues being brought before the Court.