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Jose Funes-Zelaya pleaded guilty, sentenced for death of girlfriend Shay Martinez

COURTESY PHOTO: KOIN 6 NEWS - Jose Funes-Zelaya, left, and victim Shay MartinezA man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after domestic violence led to the death of a 29-year-old woman in Gresham.

Jose Funes-Zelaya received the sentence in the Multnomah County District Court Wednesday, July 10, for recklessly causing the death of Shay Martinez.

"This is something that was completely avoidable and should have never happened," said Destrian Vallegjo, Martinez' brother, during the court sentencing. "You robbed the world of someone with an infectious laugh."

Funes-Zelaya pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree manslaughter constituting domestic violence on June 3 — admitting he caused the death of Martinez while in a relationship with her.

"I trusted you to love and not harm her," said Joann Gonzaga in court. "My life has been horrible since you chose to take my daughter away from me … (Shay) had more gusto than people twice as big as her."

The investigation began on Sept. 11, 2017, when employees at Legacy Mt. Hood Medical Center in Gresham notified law enforcement about a patient suffering critical injuries. Officers responded and learned that Martinez had been brought to the hospital by Funes-Zelaya.

Due to the severity of her injuries, she was transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland where it was discovered she was suffering from significant brain damage. Martinez later died as a result of her injuries.

According to court records, Funes-Zelaya threw Martinez across their bedroom, causing the traumatic head injury.

"After causing that injury, he left her in bed for 18 hours with a brain bleed before transporting her to the hospital," said Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Kelley Rhoades, who prosecuted the case.

As part of his sentencing, Funes-Zelaya will be ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution. After his release from prison, he will serve three years of post-prison supervision.


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