An 18-year veteran of the Oklahoma City Police Department has been arrested on domestic violence complaints, and according to court records, it is not the first time he has faced domestic abuse charges.
The wife of Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Darron Wayne Martin, 45, reported to law enforcement that her husband had pushed her out of bed early Tuesday morning and tried to forcibly remove her from their Canadian County home by grabbing her first by the arm and then by both ankles. She said that after he forced her into the garage, Martin threw something at her, striking her car and her face.
Police noted that the woman had a cut on her face and bruising on her ankles consistent with her story about the alleged abuse.
Later in the afternoon, police interviewed Sgt. Martin before arresting him on a domestic assault complaint. He was booked into the Oklahoma County jail before being transferred to the Canadian County jail.
Oklahoma County court records show that this is not the first time Sgt. Martin has been accused of domestic violence. In December 2009, he was charged with three misdemeanor counts of domestic assault and battery. All three charges were dismissed with costs in September 2010, with Judge Russell D. Hall citing the "best interest of justice" as reason for the dismissal.
Court records do not show that prosecutors have yet filed charges against Martin in the current case.
Under Oklahoma law, domestic assault and battery is typically a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum of one year in county jail. However, there are certain aggravating factors that could cause a case of domestic violence to be charged as a felony and to be subject to much more stringent penalties.
For example, domestic abuse by strangulation is also felony domestic violence. The maximum sentence is 1 to 3 years on the first offense, and 3 to 10 years for a second offense.
Domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon is a felony punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison. Likewise, domestic assault and battery resulting in great bodily injury is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Domestic assault and battery with a deadly weapon or by means or force as is likely to cause death is punishable by a maximum of life in prison.