Former soldier charged with tossing acid in judge’s face in Olympia

Staff writerJuly 27, 2013 

Prosecutors have charged a former soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord with throwing sulfuric acid at Thurston County District Judge Michael “Brett” Buckley’s face during a Sept. 10 attack at the judge’s Olympia home.

Michael Edward Martin, 33, already is in custody at a federal detention center, awaiting sentencing after he pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a Judge Advocate General military prosecutor in a separate case. On Friday, Thurston County prosecutors charged Martin with first-degree assault and first-degree malicious mischief in connection with the attack on Judge Buckley.

The former soldier apparently blamed the judge’s prior decision to issue a restraining order against him for ending his military career.

“He felt like his life was falling apart, and he was looking for others to blame,” Andrew Toynbee, Thurston County chief criminal deputy prosecuting attorney, said Friday.

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