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Lowell Man Sentenced to 6-8 Years for Beating Girlfriend

November 9, 2018

LOWELL -- A 45-year-old Lowell man who beat his girlfriend until she was unconscious with a bleeding brain, prompting the woman’s 7-year-old daughter to tell a neighbor she thought her mom was dead, will spend 6 to 8 years in state prison.

Christopher Martini, whose last known address was 103 S. Walker St., was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to a dozen criminal charges, including assault with intent to murder, in Middlesex Superior Court.

Judge Kenneth Salinger sentenced Martini to prison, and to five years of probation to be completed after his prison sentence, according to court records.

Martini was arrested on April 12 after the victim’s 7-year-old daughter found her mother laying face down on the kitchen floor and called her grandfather, according to a police report.

The grandfather told police that during that call from the girl, he heard Martini in the background screaming for the girl to “get the (expletive) off the phone.”

The grandfather then contacted Lowell police as the girl went to a neighbor’s apartment, knocked on the door, and said “I don’t know what to do. My mom is dead,” according to a police report.

Police arrived at the apartment on Walker Street to find Martini screaming that his girlfriend was overdosing, but it quickly became apparent she was suffering from other issues, according to a police report.

Martini tried to pull first responders away from the woman as they treated her, according to a police report. Doctors later told police the woman suffered head injuries consistent with blunt force trauma, according to a police report.

The 7-year-old later told police she heard her mother on the phone earlier in the day telling someone that Martini “had been beating her up all day and throwing her into cabinets.”

Martini pleaded guilty to assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury, interfering with a firefighter, strangulation or suffocation, four counts of intimidation of a witness, and two counts each of assault and battery on a family or household member and assault and battery on a public employee, according to court records.

Salinger ordered that while Martini is on probation, he must wear a GPS device to enforce a condition that he stay at least 100 yards away from the victim and her daughter, according to court records. He must also have no contact with the woman or her daughter.

Salinger also ordered Martini to get any recommended mental health treatment, to consume no drugs or alcohol, to complete a batterers intervention program, and to complete an anger management treatment program, according to court records.

The sentence marks at least the second time Martini has been sentenced to prison for violent crime.

In 2015, he was sentenced to 3 to 7 years in a New Hampshire prison after pleading guilty to second degree assault for shooting another girlfriend in Nashua in 2014.

In that case, Martini told Nashua police he shot Olivia Silverman accidentally while cleaning his gun, even though police found no tools for cleaning a gun nearby.

Silverman suffered from PTSD after that incident, and died of an overdose in 2016, according to her mother.

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