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Arlington Rapist Charged with 2009 Murder

Former Marine and convicted rapist Jorge Torrez is now accused of murder.

Federal prosecutors say Torrez is responsible for the 2009 death of Amanda Snell, a 20-year-old Navy intelligence specialist who was found dead in her Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall barracks two years ago.

Torrez is currently serving five consecutive life sentences for the abduction of two Arlington women and the abduction and brutal rape of another in February 2010. Arlington prosecutor Theo Stamos called Torrez a “predator” during his sentencing. Now he’s being charged with first degree murder in Snell’s death.

“Today, we are charging Jorge Torrez with murdering a young Navy Petty Officer in her barracks,” U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said in a statement. “This indictment is the result of extreme dedication by NCIS and the Arlington County Police Department to follow every lead possible to bring the person responsible for Amanda’s murder to justice.”

Snell’s mother told the Washington Examiner that she is hoping the case will provide some closure.

“I’m waiting until this is all over and I actually find out why,” Cynthia Snell told the paper.

Torrez has also been linked via DNA to a 2005 double homicide outside Chicago, but has yet to be charged in the case.

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