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Torrez Sentenced to Life in Prison

by ARLnow.com — December 10, 2010 at 2:05 pm 2,072 18 Comments

Arlington County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Kendrick had little sympathy for former Marine Jorge Torrez at the convicted rapist’s sentencing today.

Calling Torrez a “coward,” Kendrick imposed the jury’s recommendation that Torrez serve five consecutive life sentences, plus an additional 168 years in prison. Torrez will also pay a $190,000 fine.

Two of Torrez’s three victims were in court for the sentencing, as was one of the jury members from the October trial.

In her argument before the court today, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Theo Stamos said Torrez is a “predator” who made his victims endure horrifying ordeals. The jury “did the exact right thing” by recommending multiple life sentences, she said.

Torrez is currently being held in the Arlington County Detention Facility. He may eventually be transferred to a state prison, or may be sent to Illinois, where prosecutors are forming a case against Torrez in a 2005 double homicide.

  • Bluemont John

    Fry him. Slowly.

    • Limelby1

      I don’t know if I agree with our system of justice to the extent that we treat a criminals humanely who treated others very inhumanely. I believe certain types of crimes, especially ones involving rape, should require those convicted to face a physical penalty (torture if you like) as well as jail time. The only reservation I have about it is the fact that our country’s legal system still allows people to be convicted unjustly because it allows a jury’s and judges to convict on “belief” rather than evidence. I like to refer to our legal system as a “reasonable belief” rather than a “reasonable doubt” form of justice. It is very hard to swallow how many people have been wrongfully jailed after DNA and other physical evidence proved their innocence. So I say, why were they convicted in the first place? The answer, because of our “reasonable belief” system of justice. You can get people to believe anything if you try hard enough. I’ve heard “Our system isn’t perfect but it’s the best in the world” so many times. Our system will be the best when no one is does not allow someone to be wrongfully accused or convicted. Until then, it’s just another “belief” based way to accuse and jail those we “think” should be punished.

  • MrStevens

    Good. For as liberal as Arlington is, at least they didn’t let him off with a light sentence.

    Death penalty would have be nice.

    • Stickler

      The death penalty was not one of the options available to the jurors in this case. In Virginia, it can only be used for crimes that involve murder. Nice that this guy is not going anywhere, and forever.

    • Newt

      Yep, I’m surprised Arlington didn’t make him paint over that mural at the Shirlington Dog park as punishment.

      • MrStevens

        “Get off” and “doing it”

        Bravo.

    • Pettifogger

      Arlington judges & juries are actually quite notorious for how tough they are. Much worse than Fairfax, Prince William, & Loudoun.

      • mehoo

        I was on a jury recently. There were people on it who wanted to give the minimum sentence (4 years), and people who wanted to give the max (20 years), and everything in between. It took a while to get out of there.

      • PikeHoo

        I don’t think you know much about Prince William County.

        • Pettifogger

          I don’t think you know much about me if you think I don’t know much about Prince William County. My point wasn’t that Prince William couldn’t be tough; it was that Arlington has the worst reputation among criminal defense attorneys, and it’s deserved.

  • TGEoA

    Don’t drop the soap!

  • a’town

    hope this POS gets whats coming to him

    • CrystalMikey

      ^this

  • G::NativeArlingtonian

    At least there is justice… but this sentence goes to easy on him. Public stoning sounds good. He destroyed lives, and disgraced the uniform her wore. and thus our country as well. I am not sure why rape is considered a lesser crime than murder?

    • mehoo

      Um, yeah, rape is not as bad as murder.

      I’m glad they threw the book at this guy though. And he may get death if he’s convicted of that double murder.

  • Jon B

    I wonder how this guy is going to pay the fine of $190K? Seems to me that may be an uncollectable debt…

    How much will it cost for the taxpayers to keep this guy in jail for just one year?? We’re probably talking a couple of million dollars just to house, feed and protect this guy in jail for the rest of his life.

    While I’m glad he’s off the streets for good… the problem hasn’t gone totally away in my mind.

    • PikeHoo

      It costs millions of dollars to put someone to death with the appeals process being as thorough as it is (rightfully). I’m just glad this human garbage is behind bars.

  • Pettifogger

    Theo Stamos, who is running for the Democratic nomination to be the new Commonwealth’s Attorney for Arlington and Falls Church, was the one who prosecuted this dirt bag. While reading this story, let’s all consider who would make the better Commonwealth’s Attorney: Stamos, or her opponent for the nomination, a private practice defense attorney who defends drunk drivers.

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