Son Of Mafia Leader Arraigned In Beating Frank Martines Jr. Is Accused Of Attacking An Ex-girlfriend. His Father Is Serving A Life Term.

Posted: July 31, 1997

FALLS — The 21-year-old son of a convicted Mafia underboss was charged yesterday with beating a former girlfriend on July 21.

There is no indication that Frank Martines Jr., of Lower Makefield, has any mob ties. His father, Frank Martines Sr., is serving a life sentence on murder and racketeering charges for his role in dispatching a bloody 1993 mob war. Federal prosecutors last year described him as the number-two man in John Stanfa's organized-crime family.

In a brief arraignment yesterday in Bucks County, Martines denied the police allegations that led to his arrest, saying there were ``two sides'' to the story. He was charged with aggravated assault and burglary.

Police say he entered the home of ex-girlfriend Jessica George while she was sleeping on the couch, beat her with the phone, and threatened to kill her. According to a police affidavit, George's sister intervened when she heard screams and managed to force Martines from the house.

When George met with police, according to the document, an officer observed that she had bruises on her head, left eye, jawbone, and all over her arms, legs and back.

In a bail hearing before District Justice Jan Vislosky, Martines' attorney, Lou Busico, asked for a bail low enough to enable Martines to continue working the two construction jobs that help support his mother and grandmother.

Busico pointed out that Martines also had sustained injuries from the fight, including gashes on his ankle and a bite mark on his leg.

Vislosky set bail at $50,000, requiring him to post a 10 percent bond of $5,000 for his freedom. Martines did not have the money, he said, but instead produced the title and deed to his mother's Lower Makefield house to ensure his appearance in court.

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