By Nicholas Johnson

Des Moines city councilmember Anthony Martinelli was released Tuesday morning (Oct. 26, 2021) from the SCORE South Correctional Regional Jail in Des Moines after posting bond, according to jail records.

Martinelli, who was arrested and booked into the jail Friday afternoon (Oct. 22, 2021), was arraigned Monday in Des Moines Municipal Court on six domestic violence-related charges including harassment, reckless endangerment and fourth-degree assault stemming from three incidents dating to December 2020.

Martinelli’s bail was set at $15,000 during Monday’s court hearing, said Bonnie Wilkins, the city’s communications director. Martinelli’s next court date, a pre-trial hearing, is set for Dec. 2, Wilkins said.

When reached by phone Tuesday for comment, Martinelli deferred to his attorney, Gina Buskirk of Puget Law Group.

“I certainly have some things that I would like to say about it,” Martinelli said.

Buskirk did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday evening.

After Martinelli’s arrest Friday, Des Moines Mayor Matt Pina released a statement in which he called for Martinelli’s resignation, saying on behalf of the city council that “we do not condone this type of behavior.”

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3 replies on “Des Moines councilmember Anthony Martinelli released from jail on bond”

  1. Read the full report. This is political bs proven by mayor’s quick statement and the city admins involvement. All hearsay based on texts. Yeah, some of the messages don’t put Anthony in a great light, but they do not justify 6 charges or even 1. I think he’ll be cleared.

    1. But isn’t it the seriousness of the allegations that really matters, as in Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh? The governing authorities demanded that they step down from even their nominations. Surely, I would think, Martinelli should back out of most activites of his life to work to bring healing to the broken relationships in his life.

    2. Political bs? Really? Mr. Martinelli was ARRESTED! On 6 counts! Not some txt. You obviously are a supporter of Mr. Martinelli behavior and have hate towards the Mayor and City Admins. The mayor did the correct thing and made a very wise decision showing that Des Moines does not commend HATE! That is what a good mayor does he speaks up quickly for the city, before everyone starts questioning our morals and ethics. I think you have a personal hate issues against our city leaders and you may need counseling for we all fear that you just might become Mr. Martinelli next victim.

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