US court nixes bail for Bravo, Martínez
The First Circuit Court of Appeals ruling rejecting their motion for bail was issued by Chief Judge Sandra Lynch and her colleagues Micahel Boudin and David Thompson.
The bail bid was lodged with the Boston court by defense attorneys on March 1, the same day U.S. District Judge Francisco Besosa sentenced both Martínez and Bravo to serve four years behind bars.
Martínez, a former New Progressive Party lawmaker, will also have to serve three years probation, complete a substance abuse program for an unspecified addiction and pay a fine of $17,500.
Co-defendant Bravo, the former head of Ranger American, one of the island’s largest security companies, was also given three years probation, ordered to pay a fine of $175,000 and perform 200 hours of community service.
Martínez was freed following the sentencing, but surrendered later the same day to begin serving his prison sentence.
Bravo, who has health issues, was given until April 16 to start serving his term behind bars.
In March 2011, a federal jury found Martínez guilty on bribery and conspiracy counts. However, Besosa dismissed his conspiracy conviction. The jury acquitted him of an obstruction of justice charge and a count of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering.
Bravo was convicted on all three charges he faced — bribery, conspiracy and the interstate commerce violation.
The two were convicted after Bravo in 2005 gave Martínez and convicted former Sen. Jorge de Castro Font an all-expenses paid trip to Las Vegas and boxing tickets in exchange for the passage of two bills that would have benefited the businessman financially.