Ex-MLB 1st-Round Prospect of the Tampa Bay Rays Receives Sentence After Being Convicted Of Triple Murder With Baseball Bat
Earlier this month, the trial of former Tampa Bay Rays prospect Brandon Martin came to a conclusion with Martin being convicted of three murders committed in 2015. On Thursday, he was given his punishment.
According to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, the jury in Riverside County Superior court sentenced Martin to life in prison. There is zero possibility of parole.
Martin was charged with beating three people to death with a baseball bat that included Martin’s father, his uncle, and a bystander. Martin’s father and the bystander dies on the scene, while his uncle went into a coma before passing away from his injuries a few days later.
The jury also convicted Martin of evading arrest, resisting arrest, stealing an auto and injuring a police dog. It took them one day to reach their verdict.
Brandon Martin was the 38th overall pick by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2011 MLB Draft. In that same draft was Jackie Bradley Jr., Michael Fulmer, and Blake Snell.
Martin signed a $860,000 signing bonus and went on to play several seasons at shortstop in the minors.