One of the Suspects in the Sacramento Shooting Had Been Released from Prison Despite DA’s Opposition


    The Sacramento Bee reported that Smiley Martin, a suspect in the Sacramento, California, mass shooting that left six dead and twelve others injured early Sunday morning, is being charged with “assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.”

    The Los Angeles Times pointed out that Martin's gun may have been replaced with a fully automatic weapon. Martin is expected to be charged in the shooting.

    Martin was found guilty in 2018 of various crimes and sentenced to 10 years in prison. However, he was released from prison in early 2021, despite Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schuber's opposition to early release. DA Schubert sent an open letter to the parole board asking the parole board not to allow the release of Smiley Martin. “Inmate Martin has, for his entire adult life, displayed a pattern of criminal behavior. While the current case on review may not be ‘violent' under the Penal Code, Inmate Martin's criminal conduct is violent and lengthy.”

    The judge also stated, “Inmate Martin has committed several felony violations and clearly has little regard for human life and the law, which can be shown by his conduct in his prior felony convictions of robbery, possession of a firearm and prior misdemeanor conviction of providing false information to a peace officer.”

    The AP noted that the initial suspect arrested in connection to the Sacramento shooting was 26-year-old Dandrae Martin, Smiley Martin’s brother.

    KLVU stated that a third suspect, 31-year-old Daviyonne Dawson, is also being detained. He is facing the charge “of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm.”


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