BRISTOL - A Plainville woman has received a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to a charge loosely connected to the fatal beating of a Bristol man in August 2019.
Dolly Cruz, 29, was handed down her sentence in New Britain Superior Court on Tuesday. She was sentenced to a year in jail, suspended, and one year of conditional discharge.
During that one-year time, Cruz must avoid further arrests and abide by any other conditions set forth by a judge, otherwise she will be exposed to a year in prison.
Cruz’s sentence comes after she pleaded guilty to one count of interfering with police/resisting. She had originally been charged with one count of tampering with or fabricating evidence in connection with the beating death of Michael Martinez, of 76 Bartholomew St., on Aug. 19, 2019. He was 38 years old when he died.
Cruz’s attorney during a previous hearing said his client’s only involvement appeared to be that she grabbed a hammer from someone and threw it away to stop any violence.
Martinez was beaten during a party at his Bartholomew Street home for his girlfriend’s birthday. The attack left him brain dead, and he was taken off of life support days after the assault.
Others charged in Martinez’s death include Gabor Cirok, 45, Heather Duperry, 39, of 29 Hawthorne St., and a then-juvenile who initially was not identified. The teen was later identified as Christopher Cirok, who is now 18.
According to court documents, Martinez allegedly assaulted a man before he was attacked by Gabor Cirok, Duperry and the then-16-year-old.
According to the warrants, witnesses say Gabor Cirok struck Martinez’s head with a wooden chair in the driveway of the home. However, Gabor Cirok disputed this claim, telling police he struck the 38-year-old in the back with the chair after Martinez tried striking him with the piece of furniture.
Duperry and the juvenile, the warrants say, admitted to kicking Martinez when he was defenseless on the ground.
Gabor Cirok and Duperry have opted to go to trial. There has not yet been a start date scheduled for those matters.
Christopher Cirok in July was handed down a 42-month prison sentence. The sentence structure places the 18-year-old on probation for five years. During that period, a violation would expose him to as many as six and a half years in prison.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.