A former U.S. Marine who was convicted in 2010 for abducting and attacking women in Arlington could be put to death for killing a fellow service member at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.
After hearing presentations from federal prosecutors, a federal jury in Alexandria determined Monday that 25-year-old Jorge Torrez, who was convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder in the 2009 death of 20-year-old Amanda Jean Snell, is eligible for the death penalty, The Washington Post reported.Torrez was convicted in October 2010 for the Arlington cases. In one instance, he displayed a gun to a woman and tried to force her into a car. Failing, he stole her purse.
In another Arlington case, Torrez, brandishing a handgun, confronted two women and tied them up inside a residence. He forced one of the victims to leave the house with him. Four hours later, the victim was found seeking help and medical treatment.
Torrez has also been linked by DNA evidence to the murders of two Chicago-area girls, Laura Hobbs, 8, and Krystal Tobias, 9, according to the Chicago Tribune. Jerry Hobbs, the father of Laura, was held for 5 years in jail in the case.
In the attack on base, prosecutors said Torrez attacked Snell at random, creeping into her room at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall and wrapping the young woman’s neck with the power cord of her pink laptop.
They said Torrez is a sexual predator who browsed Internet sites about rape fantasies and randomly attacked the women in Arlington after Snell’s death, the Post reported.