LANCASTER – A 31-year-old man accused of trying to kill his girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter with a cinder block in Lancaster last year has pleaded no contest.
Omar Martin pleaded no contest Monday to first-degree attempted murder and admitted a great bodily injury allegation and a prior strike conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, a firearm, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.
Martin was immediately sentenced to 17 years to life in state prison, Santiago stated. Judge Bernie LaForteza also issued a stay away protective order for the victims in the case, according to Santiago.
The conviction stems from an attack that occurred on April 5, 2013. That afternoon, deputies responded to an “assault with a deadly weapon” call in the 42200 block of 20th Street West.
Witnesses told deputies that Martin hit his 23-year-old girlfriend and 4-year-old daughter in the head with a cinder block before fleeing the scene with his 6-year-old son, according to published reports.
Martin was arrested around 4:30 p.m. that day after deputies surrounded his home and rescued his 6-year-old son.
“They managed to take the son, and as they arrested [Martin], he resisted arrest and during the struggle, bit a deputy on the leg,” Santiago stated.
Martin was originally charged with two counts of attempted murder and more than a half dozen felonies related to the attack, according to court records. Much of those charges were dropped as part of the negotiated plea.
The victims sustained potentially life-threatening injuries during the attack, but have since made full recoveries, according to the prosecutor.
Martin returns to court on October 10 for a restitution hearing.