ALEXANDRIA, VA. — Barring a last-minute surprise, a judge will formally sentence an ex-Marine to death for the 2009 murder of a Navy sailor at an Arlington County military barracks.
Twenty-five-year-old Jorge Torrez of Zion, Illinois, is scheduled for sentencing Friday afternoon in federal court in Alexandria, where last month he was convicted of murdering Amanda Snell at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
Following the juryís verdict, the law gives Judge Liam OíGrady no choice but to sentence Torrez to death. Questions about Torrezís appeal rights, though, still need to be sorted out. After Torrez was convicted of Snellís murder, he ordered his attorneys to make no arguments on his behalf during the trialís sentencing phase.
The jury also found Torrez responsible for killing two girls in his hometown of Zion in 2005.