1 Dead, No Jail
Man sentenced to three years probation in deadly attack on Marine in Old Pas; three others face charges
By André Coleman 07/24/2014
A man accused of participating in an early morning brawl that led to the death of a US Marine in Old Pasadena was sentenced Monday to three years of probation and 60 days of community service.
Timothy Scott Coley, 24, of West Covina, pleaded no contest to a single count of assault by means to produce great bodily injury in the death of Joshua Martinez, a 25-year old Marine reservist from Los Angeles stationed at Camp Pendleton.
Three other men also face charges in relation to the assault on Martinez.
Jonas Ramos, 25, who lives in San Gabriel, and El Monte resident Angel Morovoqui, 22, are charged with one felony count each of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury.
Fernando Ramirez, 25, of Rowland Heights, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault by means to produce great bodily injury.
Ramos, Morovoqui and Ramirez are scheduled to return to Pasadena Superior Court on Aug. 1 for a pretrial hearing
After being struck in the head from behind in the Aug. 5 early morning brawl in front of a popular Old Pasadena restaurant, Martinez fell and hit his head on the curb, suffering a critical injury. According to police, Ramirez threw the punch that felled Martinez, who was part of one of two groups that first met up at Ix Tapa Cantina, located in the 100 block of West Colorado Boulevard. Members of the two sides exchanged harsh words, but one group eventually left the restaurant.
Later that night, members of the two groups met up again, this time in front of Barney’s Beanery, another popular night spot a few doors west of Ix Tapa.
Video of the incident near the entrance to Barney’s was captured by a taxicab’s dashboard camera and made public shortly after the incident. It shows Martinez standing among several men in a dispute on the sidewalk. Martinez is seen being hit by a punch and then falling into the gutter. Police found his motionless body in the street and paramedics rushed him to Huntington Hospital, where he was declared brain dead.
“It was a tragic situation that never should have occurred,” said Pasadena Lt. Tracey Ibarra. “It’s still a long road for his family as the prosecution component continues and our prayers and support goes out to them.”