Torres gets 70 year sentence in murder of teenager

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Updated: 5/10/2013 9:23 am
Cristobal Torres, 29, was sentenced to 70 years in prison for the murder of a Lubbock teenager.

The trial began Tuesday and jurors convicted Torres Wednesday in the death of 16-year-old Joe Louis Martinez.

Witnesses said Martinez was the passenger in an SUV, when passengers from another vehicle fired gunshots near 34th Street and Avenue P. Martinez was taken to a hospital where he died from his injuries.

A detective told the jury Torres said he believed the people in the SUV were armed and admitted to firing several shots at the SUV from over the hood of the car.

The driver of the SUV Martinez was riding in testified Tuesday  that he, Martinez, and two other people left a club after an argument with some men in the parking lot.

Co-defendant, 26-year-old Phillip Gonzales, Jr. is free on bond awaiting trial. That date has not been set.
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