ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Michelle Martens, the mother of 10-year-old Victoria Martens who was murdered in 2016, was sentenced to 12 years for her role in the crime. She faced 12 to 15 years as part of a plea agreement made soon after her daughter’s murder in 2016.
Prosecutors did ask for 15 years Thursday but recognized her more minor role in all this. Martens attorney argued that she should get 12 years and 50% good time for the six years she’s already spent behind bars. The judge did not approve the retroactive good time, but did grant the 50% this point forward and six years credit time served, which means she could get out in three years.
While Michelle is not accused of killing her daughter, she admitted to failing to protect her from Fabian Gonzales and Jessica Kelly. She also admitted to child abuse resulting in death. Martens appeared for sentencing via Zoom Thursday.
Fabian Gonzales and Jessica Kelley have both already been sentenced for their roles in Victoria’s death. Kelley is serving a 44-year sentence for her role. Gonzales was sentenced to 37.5 years in October for his role in the death.