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

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RHINELANDER, Wis. (WAOW) - 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.