Sep 24, 2007

Attempt to establish remorse

Standing in the courtroom with a heavy mustache drooping over his mouth, and a red, jail jumpsuit sagging around his small body, Martin Flores was visibly disgusted.

The 20-year-old stood there, five-foot, six-inches tall, facing a judge in Clayton County Superior Court and listened to a court interpreter translate in Spanish the possible sentence for his conviction on attempted rape, molestation, kidnapping and aggravated assault.

A Clayton County jury found Flores guilty Tuesday of jumping out of the bushes in a mobile home park, grabbing a 12-year-old girl, pulling her to the ground and trying to rape her.

Judge Matthew Simmons asked Flores if he wanted to say anything before he was sentenced Friday morning.

“No,” he replied, “They just don’t have any evidence against me. What kind of evidence do they have against me? If she was really hurt, why didn’t they take her to the doctor?”

The court-appointed translator, standing next to the now-empty jury box, wearing a tan pant suit and a translators’ headset, repeated the words in English as the prosecutor, defense attorney, judge and court recorders looked at the defiant defendant.

“Judge,” said Lloyd Matthews, Flores’ attorney, “that’s our attempt to establish remorse.”

Read the full story, 20-year-old gets 20 years for attack on pre-teen, @ the Clayton News Daily.