Written by Devon Boen
A clear end may be in sight for the Dennis Martinez saga that began in May following his two charges of unlawful operation of a clandestine laboratory and endangering the welfare of children.
The 27-year-old Wolf Point man was able to post a reduced bond amount for his initial charges but, after a short stint on the outside, was back in the Roosevelt County Jail on fresh charges of burglary, assault and endangering the welfare of children.
His original charges were also amended following his new allegations, adding three more counts, including one count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of driving with a revoked or suspended license and one count of driving with expired registration.
His first trial date, which will include his original charges and his newly amended charges is set for Oct. 21 and expected to last two or three days.
Martinez’s second trial for his most recent charges is set for Dec. 10.
Martinez faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for the operation of an unlawful clandestine laboratory charge, and a maximum of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the endangering the welfare of children charge.
He also faces six months in jail and $500 fine for his misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of children, and six months in jail and a $500 fine for his misdemeanor assault charge, and 20 years in jail and a $50,000 fine for his felony burglary charge.