A New York City Department of Correction captain from Roosevelt faces up to 25 years in prison on the top count after being convicted Monday of attempting to murder his wife by shooting her in the face during an argument in December 2013.
Brian Martin, 38, convicted of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree criminal use of a firearm, third-degree assault and 20 counts of second-degree criminal contempt. He is to be sentenced June 6 by acting Supreme Court Justice William O’Brien.
“This cowardly defendant pointed his service weapon at his wife, shot her and nearly killed her,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said in a statement released Tuesday, adding: “The victim suffered life-changing injuries and required multiple surgeries to reconstruct her face.”
Singas said that on Dec. 21, 2013, Martin shot his wife, who is also a correction officer, in the face in an argument during which she told him she wanted a divorce. After being knocked to the ground, the woman was shot in the face by Martin — who Singas said was standing over his wife, firing as she tried to turn away.
In her statement, Singas said the argument was the culmination of a yearlong marriage “marked” by violence.
Authorities said Martin used his service-approved 9-mm Smith & Wesson pistol to shoot his wife. Her mouth was severely damaged, Singas said of the victim, adding the woman lost “most of her teeth” and must wear dentures. Her face had to be reconstructed using metal plates, Singas said of the victim.
Martin’s defense attorney, Dana Grossblatt of Jericho, said her client “maintains this was a tragic accident and plans to appeal.”
“While we are severely disappointed in the verdict, we appreciate the hard work of the jury who deliberated for six days,” Grossblatt said.
Grossblatt said his client has been on unpaid leave and is still a captain in corrections as of now.
Martin faced 264 counts of criminal contempt for violating protection orders, calling the victim “repeatedly” from jail, Singas said. Only 20 counts were submitted to the jury.
With Bridget Murphy