Federal jury convicts, Jody Rufino Martinez SNM gang member of murder, racketeering and firearm possession
ALBQUERQUE, N.M (STL.News) A federal jury in Albuquerque returned guilty verdicts on March 16, convicting Jody Rufino Martinez, 41, of Truchas, New Mexico, of murder, participation in a Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (“RICO”) conspiracy, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition for conduct related to the Syndicato de Nuevo Mexico (“SNM”) prison gang. The jury acquitted Martinez on one count of witness tampering.
According to public court records, Martinez has been a member and self-identified “soldier” of the SNM prison gang since 1998. Martinez has committed numerous violent crimes on behalf of the SNM since joining the gang. These crimes included the murder of a victim on Dec. 5, 2008 in Rio Arriba County for failing to deliver drugs to an SNM gang member. On Oct. 24, 2018, Martinez knowingly possessed a firearm and ammunition when he shot a victim at a residence in Santa Fe County as retaliation for supposably disrespecting the SNM. As a previously convicted felon, Martinez cannot legally possess a firearm or ammunition.
Martinez is currently in custody awaiting sentencing.