Woman who shot service dog during Wheat Ridge motel armed robbery sentenced

Jefferson County Sheriff

Jasmine Martinez

A 23-year-old woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for her role in an armed robbery at a Wheat Ridge motel in which a service dog was shot.

Jasmine Nicole Martinez  pleaded guilty Oct. 1 to conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, a felony, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. She was sentenced Oct. 31.

On Nov. 10, 2017, Martinez and co-defendant Jemelle Adams knocked on the door to room 504 at the American Motel, 10101 W. I-70 Frontage Road, giving false names in an attempt to gain entry, according to a news release.

Two women inside the room didn’t recognize the names and refused to open the door.

Jefferson County Sheriff

Jemelle Adams

Adams, armed with a handgun, broke through the door and demanded “pills and money.” Martinez also entered the room and brandished a handgun during the robbery.

Both victims were assaulted, and one woman’s service dog became aggressive in defense of her owner. The dog bit Adams in the leg. That’s when Adams shot the 10-year-old dog named Nalla.

Nalla had to have a leg amputated because of the shooting.

Adams’ case is ongoing. He is being held at the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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