Ex-Marine convicted in abduction and rape

Friday, October 15, 2010; 11:10 PM

The Region

Ex-Marine convicted in abduction, rape

A former U.S. Marine was convicted Friday of abducting and raping a University of Maryland graduate student whom he then left for dead in a secluded, wooded area on a cold February morning.

Jorge Torrez, 21, also was found guilty of attacking the woman's friend and of trying to kidnap another woman at gunpoint a few weeks earlier, prosecutors said. The Arlington County Circuit Court jury recommended that Torrez receive five life sentences plus 168 years in prison.

Arlington County Commonwealth's Attorney Richard E. Trodden said the crime is "one of the worst" he has seen in his time as a prosecutor.

Torrez approached the 23-year-old woman and a friend who were returning to Arlington after a Saturday night out in February, according to testimony. He forced them inside the friend's home and bound them using electrical cords.

Torrez eventually forced the 23-year-old woman into his SUV and drove around, stopping to rape her. They ended up in a remote area of Prince William County, where Torrez pulled the woman's scarf around her neck until she blacked out. She awoke face down in the snow, cold, wet and scared.

During a four-day trial, jurors heard evidence that included the fact that the rape victim's DNA was found on Torrez's clothes and that her student ID card and an earring was found in his SUV.

Genetic evidence gathered after the Virginia crimes has linked Torrez to the 2005 slayings of two girls from his Illinois home town. Law enforcement sources have said he is the chief suspect in the killings of Laura Hobbs, 8, and her friend Krystal Tobias, 9. Torrez has not been charged in those deaths.

Torrez is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10.

- Maria Glod

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