Man convicted in road rage killing sentenced on federal charges | KOB 4

Man convicted in road rage killing sentenced on federal charges Web Staff
February 05, 2018 06:35 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The man convicted in the death of a 4-year-old girl will serve nearly eight years on a federal drug trafficking and firearms conviction.


A judge sentenced 34-year-old Tony Torrez to 101 months in federal prison. That time will run consecutively to the 16 years he is serving in state prison for killing Lilly Garcia in a 2015 road rage incident.

"The federal law enforcement community responded to the tragic, senseless death of an innocent child by doing its part to ensure that Tony Torrez spent as much time as possible behind prison walls to contemplate the impact of his actions," Acting U.S. Attorney James D. Tierney said. 

Torrez pleaded guilty to the federal charges last April. Prosecutors said he didn't just "have guns when he wasn’t supposed to" or deal drugs once or twice. Rather, they painted him as a violent repeat offender and say the system failed to get and keep him behind bars.

Prosecutors wanted Torrez to be sentenced to 41 months for four crimes and 60 months for another to run after his current sentence. Torrez's defense argued he's already serving time on that crime and they’re asking for 93 months on these new crimes with 12 running at the same time as his current sentence.

Torrez ultimately received 101 months.

"Whether it was shooting into a moving vehicle, or selling drugs in our neighborhoods, Mr. Torrez's actions endangered our kids, and the federal law enforcement community is working hand-in-hand with the Albuquerque Police Department to keep our kids safe," Tierney said.

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