Jury finds Florida man guilty in Stevens Point hotel shooting
STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) - A jury has found a 26-year-old man accused of shooting a person at a hotel in Stevens Point guilty on all counts.
Christhian Maradiaga-Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18.
Prosecutors said Maradiaga-Martinez shot the victim three times, including once in the face, and then strangled the victim in a hotel room at the former Comfort Suites Hotel. Prosecutors said the victim told Maradiaga-Martinez he was going to speak to Florida detectives about the defendant’s involvement in a Florida attempted murder investigation. Florida Detectives had been asking the victim who the shooter was that only the victim could answer. The 22-year-old male victim, eyewitness and the defendant had driven to Stevens Point from West Palm Beach to remodel the former Comfort Suites Hotel.
The victim survived his attack after a multiple-day hospital stay but did not testify in the trial.
Portage County District Attorney Louis J. Molepske said the jury deliberated for an hour and 20 minutes.
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