Thursday 26 April 2018

Behind bars: Molly and Thomas Martens begin their new life in prison

Molly Martens is now an inmate of North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women.
Molly Martens' stats. Pic: North Carolina Department of Public Safety
Thomas Martens is now an inmate of Central Prison, Raleigh.
Thomas Martens' stats. Pic: North Carolina Database of Public Safety
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Fresh photos have emerged of Molly and Thomas Martens as they begin their sentence for the brutal killing of Jason Corbett.

Retired FBI agent Thomas Martens (67) and his daughter, Molly Martens Corbett (33) have begun their minimum 20-year sentences for the second-degree murder of the Limerick father-of-two.

Father and daughter will serve their prison sentences just six minutes down the road from each other in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Thomas is in protective custody within the maximum security Central Prison.

Molly Martens is now an inmate of North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women.
Molly Martens is now an inmate of North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women.

The prison made headlines in 2015 when a federal lawsuit claimed that prisoners were suffering “malicious and sadistic assaults” in "blind spots" that weren't monitored by surveillance cameras.

Authorities agreed to make more than 20 changes, including installing more CCTV.

Thomas Martens is now an inmate of Central Prison, Raleigh.
Thomas Martens is now an inmate of Central Prison, Raleigh.

Meanwhile, Molly is being held at North Carolina Correctional Institute for Women. It's the largest female prison in the state and also houses inmates who are on Death Row.

Thomas and Molly's inmate IDs were uploaded to the North Carolina Public Safety website on Friday.

Thomas is registered with the offender number:T643182, while Molly is offender number: 1551729.

The pair were charged with second-degree murder in connection with an incident on August 2, 2015, when Mr Corbett was found beaten to death at his Panther Creek home.

Molly and her father Thomas Martens
Molly and her father Thomas Martens

Davidson County Court heard that Molly and Thomas beat the Limerick man's head with a metal baseball bat and a brick in the bedroom he shared with his wife.

The Limerick man (39) died from at least 12 savage blows to the head which crushed portions of his skull.

While both the father and daughter argued they acted in self defence, both were found to be uninjured at the scene.

Mr Corbett suffered his fatal injuries from a metal baseball bat and a garden paving brick.

Both Thomas and Molly have indicated that they will appeal their conviction and their sentences.

Defendants found guilty normally have between 60 and 90 days to file for appeal in North Carolina.

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