A Lynn man last week pleaded guilty to masked armed robbery charges in Barnstable Superior Court, according to a release from the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office. On May 7, 2013, Edwin I. Martinez, 31, reportedly robbed the Marstons Mills 7-Eleven at knife-point.
The store clerk told responding officers that Martinez told the clerk, "I will kill you", before jumping the counter and pulling two cash drawers from the register. Martinez drove off, crashing his car into the rotary near the airport a short distance away. He and a passenger, Selvin DeLeon, 20, also of Lynn, were arrested at the crash site. Officers seized the two cash drawers and an undisclosed amount of cash from Martinez's vehicle.
Before Judge Gary Nickerson, Martinez also pleaded guilty to operating to endanger and threats to commit a crime. On the charge of masked armed robbery, Judge Nickerson sentenced Martinez to 9-10 years in state prison. Additionally, according to the DA's Office, Martinez will serve a year for operating to endanger and six months for threat to commit a crime at the Barnstable House of Correction. The lesser sentences will be served concurrently with the state prison charge.
Assistant District Attorney Edward F. X. Lynch was the lead prosecutor on the case.
(Above: Edwin I. Martinez. Barnstable Police Dept. booking photo.)