Martinez sentenced to 18 years for 2012 beating death - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Martinez sentenced to 18 years for 2012 beating death

Danny Ray Martinez, 24 (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office) Danny Ray Martinez, 24 (Source: Lubbock County Sheriff's Office)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A Lubbock man charged with beating a man to death in 2012 was found guilty on Wednesday and sentenced to 18 years on Thursday.

Police say 24-year-old Danny Ray Martinez killed 34-year-old Eddie Moreno in a deadly fight at an apartment near 50th and Avenue W last December. 

Moreno suffered life-threatening injures and was taken to UMC where he later died.

According to autopsy results, he suffered blunt-force trauma to the head.

Martinez was formally charged with murder in January.

Martinez received a lesser sentence because the jury considered the crime to be an act of "sudden passion."

The Texas penal code says "Sudden passion" means passion directly caused by and arising out of provocation by the individual killed or another acting with the person killed which passion arises at the time of the offense and is not solely the result of former provocation.

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