San Antonio, Texas, September 16, 2016: Yesterday afternoon, 186th District Court Judge Jefferson Moore sentenced Antonio Torres, age 39, to 40 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On August 19th of this year, a Bexar County jury took under an hour to find Torres guilty of the November 2013 murder of Roy Ruiz.
On November 4, 2013, Torres showed up at a home in the 1300 block of Keats to confront his girlfriend’s mother. After the victim, Roy Ruiz, said the mother was not home, Torres shot Ruiz killing him. Several witnesses told police Torres was the shooter. Under questioning by San Antonio police detectives, the defendant denied any involvement in the shooting. However, during his trial, numerous witnesses testified Torres was the shooter and shortly after the murder, the defendant discarded cell phones, guns and clothing. Additionally, Torres made several admissions to acquaintances and in jail phone calls regarding involvement in Ruiz’ murder.
During the sentencing hearing, the defendant’s former wife testified that Torres beat her with a bat and violated a protective order she had against him. After sentencing Torres to four decades, Judge Moore told the defendant he was ‘dangerous’ and belonged in prison. Murder is a first degree felony, punishable by 5-99 years or life in prison, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Kimberly Gonzalez and Laura Maetzold from the Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Torres in the 186th District Court.