Frank Martinez, the fan that shined the high-powered flashlight in the eyes of Tim Hudson and Edgar Renteria, was sentenced today after changing his plea from non-guilty to guilty. Martinez was charged with interference with a professional sporting event and second-degree reckless endangerment for his actions. His sentence includes a three-year ban from Shea Stadium and 15 days in jail.
If you were watching Friday's Mets-Braves game you will remember that in the eighth inning security removed a man that was thought to have been shining a laser pointer at Braves' players. On Saturday, 40-year old Frank Martinez was charged with interference with a professional sporting event and second-degree reckless endangerment for shining a high-powered flashlight at the Braves' pitcher and shortstop.
Frank Martinez was charged with interference with a professional sporting event and second-degree reckless endangerment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Saturday.
Authorities said Martinez flashed the powerful light at the players in the bottom of the eighth inning from his seat behind home plate. He was quickly ejected from the game.
"The defendant's alleged actions recklessly endangered the lives of players and spectators and caused a temporary delay to the game," Brown said.
The hullabaloo began at about 10:15 p.m. as the Braves were leading the MetsTim Hudson was on the mound facing Mets pinch-hitter Endy ChavezBraves pitcher and shortstop Edgar Renteria. 7-0. when, investigators said, Martinez turned the beam on the
Renteria complained to umpire Paul Emmel, who then called time out and alerted security. The security officers removed Martinez and found a "a small, streamline flashlight" in his backpack, Brown said.
Martinez was still jailed Saturday, and unavailable for comment. He was scheduled to remain behind bars until at least the evening, when he had an arraignment scheduled in Queens Criminal Court. Queens prosecutors said Martinez did not have a lawyer yet. If convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
from Fox Sports.
Truly a classless act that reflects poorly on the Mets fan base. Had a line drive been hit right at one of them with the flashlight in their eyes, this fan could be facing much more serious charges.