SANTA CRUZ - A Santa Cruz County jury convicted a 37-year-old Watsonville man of three charges Tuesday in connection with a jailhouse assault.
Albert Martinez was found guilty of being an active participant in a criminal street gang, possession of a weapon in jail and assault with a deadly weapon. Jurors also found true the special allegations that the crimes were committed for the benefit of a gang.
Martinez and another man, Jesse Andrew Ybarra, attacked a fellow inmate on Aug. 8, 2011, at the Santa Cruz County Jail. The inmate suffered minor injuries and has made a fully recovery.
At the time of the attack, Martinez and Ybarra were considered to be high-ranking Norteno gang members.
Martinez faces more than 24 years in prison when he is sentenced, according to the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office. He is due back in court Feb. 27.
Ybarra, 33, was convicted in October of the same charges for his role in the attack. Judge Paul Burdick sentenced him to 10 years in prison in December.