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Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney
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Chicago, IL 60602
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January 17, 2014

Chicago Man Sentenced To 20 Year Prison Term
For Kidnapping And Assault During Domestic Dispute

A Chicago man with a history of domestic violence was sentenced to 20 years in prison for assaulting his ex-girlfriend and holding her against her will while their two young children were present, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

James Martin, 43, was previously convicted of multiple Felonies, including Aggravated Kidnapping, Kidnapping, Aggravated Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Battery, and Unlawful Restraint for an incident that took place over the course of several hours on September 3rd, 2012.

According to prosecutors, the victim took her daughters to visit Martin at his home.  Martin questioned where the girls got their bicycles, and upon learning that the victim had a new boyfriend Martin began striking her in the face.  Martin then instructed his uncle, who was present at the scene, to take the children in the house. 

When the victim tried to flee, Martin grabbed her from behind, carried her into the house, and trapped her in a back bedroom for approximately 30 minutes while he interacted with his daughters.   Martin then forced the victim and children to walk to a nearby park, where he continued to threaten the victim.  Eventually, Martin called a friend to drive them all back to the victim’s house, where Martin stayed until the next morning.

The next day, the victim went to the hospital and was diagnosed with a concussion and a ruptured ear drum.

On September 11th, 2012 Martin returned to the victim’s home and she immediately called the police. Martin was arrested by responding officers.

Cook County Judge Evelyn Clay sentenced Martin to the 20 year prison term during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Shawn McCarthy and the Chicago Police Department for their work on this case.


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