A man charged with following a woman home from a nightclub four years ago and attempting to rape her pleaded guilty in Caddo District Court Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Jesus Martinez, 33, of Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty as charged to home invasion, second-degree kidnapping and attempted aggravated rape after six jurors had been selected in Caddo District Judge Brady D. O’Callaghan’s courtroom.
The crime occurred on July 5, 2014, when Martinez followed his victim home from a downtown Shreveport nightclub, broke into her apartment, bound her and then attempted to rape her. He was identified through the use of DNA evidence.
Martinez, who has a 2004 conviction for oral sexual battery, will return June 28, 2018, to be sentenced by Judge O’Callaghan. Martinez faces 10 to 50 years in prison for the attempted aggravated rape, five to 40 years in prison for the second-degree kidnapping and one to 30 years for the home invasion. At least two years of the kidnapping sentence must be without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence, and all of the sentence imposed for the attempted aggravated rape must be without benefit of parole, probation or suspension of sentence.
Assistant District Attorneys Kodie K. Smith and Nancy Berger-Schneider prosecuted, while Martinez was defended by Mary Harried.