ELYRIA, Ohio (WOIO) - The man who pleaded guilty to shooting a woman sitting in a car at her North Ridgeville workplace faced a judge Monday morning.
A Lorain County Court of Common Pleas judge sentenced Christian Martinez to 14 years in prison.
Martinez, who was initially charged with attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault, pleaded guilty the day his bench trial was scheduled to begin in July.
Investigators said Martinez shot 54-year-old Jacqueline Dienes, of Avon, six times in January 2018 in a parking lot located at Bender and Taylor Industrial Parkway.
Dienes, who was in her car during a break at work from Invacare Corp., was seriously injured in the shooting. Bullet fragments remain embedded in Dienes’ body.
She spoke directly to Martinez for approximately 20 minutes during his sentencing, describing the trauma she still deals with.
“I am a survivor of random gun violence,” Dienes said. “I will not take any other words that are negative, such as victim.”
Martinez was a temporary employee for Multi-Link Inc. in Elyria, which is connected to Taylor Industrial Parkway, but said there was no direct link between the suspect and Dienes.