Three former Marines have been sentenced to jail for issuing a brutal beating to a man having an affair with one of the ex-Marine’s wives. Sergio Medina 22, Rodrigo Sanchez 20 , and Leonardo Ortiz 20, beat, zip-tied, robbed, and threatened to kill Norman Early III after the three Marines set up their own sting operation to catch the man that was sleeping with Medina’s wife while he was deployed overseas. All three men pleaded no contest to a count of first-degree robbery for the attack in July. Their Send
The attack took place in Bakersfield, CA. The three men concealed their identities with hockey masks while they held Early captive for nearly 30 minutes, repeatedly beating him and issuing verbal threats. The beating was so severe that Early’s kidneys failed at some point, forcing him to be placed on dialysis. The men released Early after making him promise he wouldn’t go to the police.
Early immediately went to a nearby 7-11 to seek medical assistance after the attack. Shortly afterward, Police stopped Medina while he was driving a car and located both Sanchez and Ortiz at a nearby residence. Medina admitted to beating Early and stealing several items from him.
The plea agreement allows the three ex-Marines to avoid kidnapping and torture charges. The men were offered the deal because the prosecutor for the case didn’t believe they could prove some of the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
Early III openly admitted to having an affair with Medina’s wife. Medina’s wife also admitted to participating in sexual acts with early but claims that she attempted to break off the relationship. She claims that Early persisted despite her requests to end the relationship. She told Medina shortly afterward, he then called Sanchez and Ortiz to his home and used his wife’s phone to lure Early there for the attack.
The Marine veterans were sentenced to prison Wednesday. Medina received the longest sentence of six years. Sanchez and Ortiz will be serving three-year terms.