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The Martinez Guzman Case-Related Washoe County Detectives Honored at Ceremony

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, November 10, 2022 5:49 am

RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – A crowd gathered Wednesday night at the Washoe County Commission Chambers to honor officers of the Sheriff’s Office and a citizen for their contributions to public safety.

During the ceremony’s awards part, more than a dozen detectives were given with the Meritorious Unit Citation award for their work bringing to justice Wilber Ernesto Martinez Guzman, who pled guilty to the murders of Jerry and Sherri David, Connie Koontz and Sophia Renken.

The deaths shook Northern Nevada in 2019, and the search for answers stretched across three counties and many enforcement agencies.

“It was kind of a timely investigation, because we felt like it was happening every few days so we felt like we were running against the clock,” said Stefanie Brady, lead detective at Washoe County.

Martinez Guzman was discovered and detained at the Carson Mall parking lot on January 19, that year. He had been in the Carson City region for roughly a year, according to officials. Authorities tracked Koontz’s stolen Apple Watch, which was handed to Guzman’s mother, and were able to locate the now 23-year-old.

Brady finished the taped interview that resulted in Martinez Guzman’s confession. She was given the Meritorious Service Medal for her leadership in the investigation, a moment she characterized as bittersweet.

“It’s kind of a hard award to get… at the loss of somebody’s family member,” she said. “In this case four family members. I’m proud that we were able to get justice for the families.”

Some members of David’s family attended the event to thank Brady and the rest of the team.

“That’s the bond of helping that family go through that tragic process and healing process,” said Washoe County Sheriff, Darin Balaam. “For them to take time out of their night to come, unfortunately, relieve a little bit of a tragedy they had to go through but to be here to thank Stefanie, that’s very important.”

Kim Frankel, who is in a legal struggle with the county after being refused urgent treatment for dystonia caused by injuries on the job, was among those recognized tonight.

“It was extremely important for me to show my support for my team even though I’m no longer employed by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office,” she said. These are my team members and I worked alongside them and it was their day.”

Over 100 WCSO members were recognized for acts of courage, investigative talent, and lifesaving efforts.

Martinez Guzman faces four life sentences with no chance of parole.

Meritorious Unit Citation: Given to any bureau, division, section, subdivision, unit, or squad of personnel of this Office who have demonstrated exceptional intelligence, service, crime prevention, and reaction to crucial occurrences, among other things.

Meritorious Service Medal: Awarded to members who achieve excellent accomplishments while serving in an official capacity, resulting in substantial contributions to the effective running of the Office and/or the betterment of the community.

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