Florence, AZ – A Pinal County jury late last month found two brothers guilty of aggravated assault for shooting at the car of an off duty border patrol agent, driving just south of Casa Grande.
Isaac J. Martinez, 31, and his brother Arthur Martinez, 36, both residents of Mesa were convicted in a case which seems to have began as a road rage incident.
Isaac J. Martinez fired his handgun very near housing developments at the intersection of East McCartney and North Tucker, south of Casa Grande. His brother Arthur was driving their minivan.
Pinal County Attorney James P. Walsh stressed, “We cannot tolerate assault on law enforcement personnel and endangerment of our neighborhoods.”
Martinez claimed the driver of another car shot at him and his brother Arthur Martinez, 36, so they returned fire with handguns. The bullets found the windshield of the car of an off duty border patrol agent narrowly missing him.
The border patrol agent reported the incident to police and the Martinez brothers were arrested on May 19, 2008, while driving north on I-10. They were subsequently indicted for aggravated assault.
"I am very please with the jury’s decision,” said Deputy County Attorney Greg Bizzozero.
Sentencing is scheduled for March 22, 2010 at the Superior Court in Florence.