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UPDATE: Judge denies motion to reduce sentence of Northwoods teen convicted of killing mom, stepfather


An Oneida County judge has denied a motion to reduce the sentence of a Northwoods teen convicted of killing her mother and stepfather in 2015. 

Ashlee Martinson appeared by telephone from the Taycheedah Correctional Institution on Wednesday, looking to reduce her 23 year sentence after being convicted of two counts of second-degree intentional homicide. 

"I respectfully state that the court was in error in their decision in sentencing Ms. Martinson to 23 years in prison," said Martinson's attorney, Mark Schoenfeldt. "Ms. Martinson's life has been fraught with physical, sexual, mental and emotional distress. Her life was basically a horror story." 

Schoenfeldt said the teen falls under a statute known as adequate provocation.

Judge Michael Bloom said he based his decision on multiple scholarly articles and stated that Martinson, 19, had a choice before deciding to kill her mother and stepfather.

"I don't think the court abused its discretion," said Oneida County District Attorney Michael Schiek. "I think [the court] reviewed the law, and applied it the way it was suppose to." 

Martinson's attorney plans on appealing.


The attorney for a Northwoods teen sentenced to 23 years in prison for killing her mother and stepfather in March, 2015 has filed a motion to challenge the sentence, according to online court records.

"The trial court judge erroneously exercised his discretion where, as here, the court erroneously placed on the defendant an obligation to perceive and make rational choices at a time when, as a matter of law, she was incapable of perceiving and making rational choices," Ashlee Martinson's attorney argued in a motion filed July 26. 

Martinson, 19, pleaded guilty to two counts second-degree intentional homicide in the stabbing death of 40-year-old Jennifer Ayers and the shooting death of 37-year-old Thomas Ayers at the family's rural Rhinelander home.

Twenty-six pages of documents lists countless examples of physical, sexual, emotional and verbal abuse Martinson and her mom endured throughout the years. 

Despite that abuse, prosecutors and witnesses said they don't believe that justifies Martinson's actions. The Oneida County District attorney filed a opposition motion to the claim.

Martinson has been in jail since March, 2015.

This story will be updated.

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