For hiding knife, Houston man locked up in Edinburg gets 2 more years in prison

EDINBURG — When officers noticed an inmate walking “strangely” here inside the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s Lopez Unit last October, they searched him and found a homemade knife, or shiv, hidden on his leg.

As a result, 27-year-old Max Martinez learned Tuesday that he will have two more years tacked on to the six-year sentence he started serving on Feb. 27, 2018.

In that case, he faced the same charge: unlawful carrying of a weapon in a prohibited place.

That charge is out of Victoria County and happened on Nov. 30, 2017 — the same year he was set to be released on a conviction he received on July 31, 2012, for stabbing a man in Harris County. Martinez was sentenced to five years in that case.

A criminal complaint in that case shows that Martinez and the victim, Jose Mata, had just finished eating at a homeless shelter on Feb. 27, 2012, and were walking around when Martinez took out a knife and began talking about stabbing people.

“The defendant then slashed the complainant in the face and chest with the knife,” the complaint states. “This action caused the complainant physical pain and injuries that required immediate hospitalization and surgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital.”

Martinez fled the scene, but dropped a backpack that contained identifying information.

On March 3, 2012, the victim approached a police officer working as security at another homeless shelter and pointed Martinez out, who denied involvement in the attack and said he didn’t know Mata.

His projected release date is now Nov. 30, 2025.