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Former Youth Coach Gets 6-Year Prison Term in Nipomo Crash That Severed Boy’s Hand

A former youth wrestling coach convicted in August of battery for causing a rollover crash that severed a 10-year-old boy’s hand has been sentenced to six years in state prison.

John Gilbert Martinez, 57, was allegedly intoxicated on prescription pills when he choked a 16-year-old as the teen was driving him to a hospital on Thompson Road in Nipomo in October 2016.

The 10-year-old, who was riding in the back seat without a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle and suffered a collapsed lung, broken pelvis and a severed hand that was later surgically re-attached.

Martinez was initially facing six felony charges before he accepted a plea agreement on Aug. 24.

Martinez, who has remained in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail since his arrest, will receive roughly a year of time-served credit.

He was sentenced Wednesday in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court, and remained in jail Thursday afternoon pending transfer to Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials.

[Click here to read more from the San Luis Obispo Tribune]

Matt Fountain is a reporter with the San Luis Obispo Tribune. Contact him at [email protected]

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