Lancaster man pleaded guilty Tuesday to shooting at Ennis police

Authorities were conducting search for suspects who fired at them during a high speed chase on July 12, 2016.
Authorities were conducting search for suspects who fired at them during a high speed chase on July 12, 2016. Courtesy

A 24-year-old Lancaster man admitted to a judge on Tuesday that he tried to help in a botched kidnapping related to an unpaid drug debt, got involved in a high-speed chase with Ennis Police officers and then fired several shots at the officers during the chase.

Javier Martinez faces a maximum sentence of life in federal prison and a $2.75 million fine, according to the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. However, if the court accepts the plea agreement between the government and the defendant, Martinez should receive a total sentence of 40 years in federal prison, according to the release. Sentencing is set for March 2, 2017, the release said.

Martinez pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit kidnapping; possession with intent to distribute cocaine; possession with intent to distribute heroin; using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during or in relation to a crime of violence; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On July 12, Martinez, along with co-defendants Jose Cardenas Aguirre, 25, and Melissa Trevino, 23, planned to kidnap another individual because of an unpaid drug debt involving cocaine. During the planned kidnapping, Martinez and Aguirre wore ballistic vests and black camouflage clothing.

The kidnapping was unsuccessful, and as Martinez, Aguirre, and Trevino fled the scene, they became engaged in a high-speed chase with officers with the Ennis Police Department.

Ennis police received a 911 call about 7:30 a.m. reporting gunshots in the 400 block of Avenue C. An Ennis officer located the suspect’s vehicle and tried to pull the vehicle over, Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a DPS spokesman, said at the time.

During this pursuit, Martinez, using an AR-156 style rifle, fired numerous shots at a police officer. Martinez led, supervised, and organized this planned kidnapping, the release said.

A trial date of Dec. 5, has been set for defendants Aguirre and Trevino. Three other defendants charged in the case have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

On January 7, Martinez sold another individual one ounce of heroin and offered to sell that same individual one kilogram of heroin for $40,000, the release said. During that same conversation, Martinez offered to sell the same individual an AK-47 for $7,000 and an AR-15 rifle for $1,500. On April 11, Martinez sold three ounces of heroin and two AR-15’s to another individual while at his residence, according to the release.

The case was investigated by the Ennis Police Department and the FBI’s Violent Gang Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is in charge of the prosecution, the release said.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3