Husband Sentenced in Shotgun Confrontation

By: Lanetra Bennett; BainbridgeGA.com; LCSO Press Release, Julie Montanaro, Mike Springer Email
By: Lanetra Bennett; BainbridgeGA.com; LCSO Press Release, Julie Montanaro, Mike Springer Email

Tallahassee, FL - A former Georgia law enforcement officer accused of trying to kill his wife and her friends was sentenced today.

The judge sentenced Jesse Torres to eight years in prison Wednesday.

Torres was arrested in Bainbridge, Georgia last January.

Deputies say he burst into a Tallahassee home where his wife was staying with friends. Deputies say Torres threatened to kill everyone inside and hit his wife in the face with the gun.

His friend Andy Doss was in court Wednesday. He says Torres' sentence is too extreme.

Doss says, "I think he's a real good guy. I looked up there with the people he was up there with and I just felt like he was out of place. he's just somewhere he doesn't belong. he's an asset to his community, to society as a whole. he's a hardworking guy."

Torres was sentenced to eight years in prison followed by ten more on probation.


Tallahassee, FL - Jesse Torres was sentenced to eight years in prison. He gets credit for 361 days already served in jail.

The prison sentence is followed by 10 years probation. Torres is not allowed to make contact with any of the victims, or posses firearms, and he he has to pay more than $2600 dollars in court fees.


UPDATED 11.7.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Jesse Torres appeared before a judge this morning.

The former law enforcement officer is accused of breaking into a Tallahassee home back in January and confronting his wife and two other people with a shotgun.

A plea is set for next month.


UPDATED 1.20.2012 by Mike Springer
A Bainbridge man is behind bars, after deputies say he broke inside a Tallahassee home and threatened to kill his wife and the two other people inside.
Deputies say 27-year-old Jesse Torres got upset when someone at a party began flirting with his wife. According to deputies, Torres began acting strange and poured beer over his wife's head. That's when deputies say Torres' wife left the party with another couple. Deputies say Torres followed them to the man's home in Tallahassee on High Grove Road with a shotgun.

"When deputies arrived, they learned that Jesse Torres had burglarized the residence, entered it, discharged his firearm at the homeowner and battered his wife," says Sgt. Tony Drzewiecki of LCSO.

Torres' attorney, Alex Morris says his client may have been under the influence of synthetic marijuana, which Morris claims can cause psychosis.

"There's some indication that my client may have been either willingly or unwillingly under the influence of K-2 spice or Kush," says Morris.

Torres turned himself into authorities in his hometown of Bainbridge. You can see officers removing a shotgun from his home in this video, courtesy of our partners at BainbridgeGA.com.

Torres is currently being held without bond at the Leon County Jail.

Torres worked with the Georgia Department of Public Safety for a brief period as a cadet in 2007. He was hired on January 2007 and resigned on May 2007. LCSO says that makes his mugshot exempt from public release.


UPDATED 1.19.2012 by Julie Montanaro

Court records show Jesse Torres was booked into the Leon County Jail yesterday afternoon and was denied bond at a first appearance this morning.

His attorney, Alex Morris, says they are looking into the possibility that K2, Spice or Kush may have "influenced Torres's actions." Morris says it is not clear whether Torres "ingested those chemicals" voluntarily or not.

Morris says witnesses noticed Torres was not behaving normally that night. Morris says Torres will be examined by psychologists.


LCSO Charges Man with Attempted Murder after Shooting Incident
LCSO Press Release, January 19, 2012

Tallahassee, FL -- On Sunday, January 15, 2012 at approximately 6:30 am, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 4500 block of High Grove Road in reference to a disturbance involving gun shots being fired. Arriving deputies contacted David Short, Holly Torres and Abigail Glass. The three told deputies that they had been at a party in Climax, Georgia on Saturday night but left and came to Tallahassee in order to get away from Holly’s husband, 27 year old Jesse Torres.

Hours later, Short, Glass and Torres were awakened in Short’s residence when Jesse Torres forcibly entered the residence armed with a 12 gauge shotgun. Short and Torres struggled and then Short
retreated to a bedroom. Torres then fired the shotgun through the bedroom door and into the room where Short, Glass and Torres were located. Torres then struck Holly with the shotgun and fled the
scene.

Jesse Torres contacted the Bainbridge Police Department after returning to Georgia and was taken into custody without any further incident. On January 18, 2012, Torres was booked into the Leon County Jail.

Holly Torres and David Short sustained minor injuries during the altercation.

ARRESTED

Jesse A. Torres
27 years old

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

Charges: Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon, Burglary with a Person Assaulted or

Battered and Attempted Homicide


Tallahassee, FL -- January 19, 2012 --

Jesse Torres, 27, of Bainbridge was arrested yesterday

There was video captured showing officers recovering a gun from his home. Deputies believe it was the weapon used in an attempted murder incident.

Investigators say Torres burst into a Tallahassee home where his wife was with two other people.

Deputies say Torres threatened to kill everyone in the home and hit his wife in the face with the gun.

Deputies have not been able to confirm if Torres ever worked in law enforcement.

WCTV will continue to cover this story and bring you any new developments.

Note: Video courtesy of BainbridgeGA.com


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  • by anonymous on Jan 22, 2012 at 07:53 PM
    He needs a psych eval....hope they're providing this! I mean the boy is crazy and has been for sometime!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
    My prayers are with all of you....
  • by ANTHONY Location: TALLAHASSEE,FL. on Jan 21, 2012 at 05:14 PM
    thanks everybody for the feed back.i never said i won the spelling bee ,but if i do this,"lol", you know what it means.any way i went to see jesse today .all is well as expected.just ready to get this bad time behind us.he hopes this brings the family closer together.he never realized just how much he loved and missed everyone till they were gone...he sends his love to everyone...please continue to pray,thanks.
  • by Ellen Location: Tallahassee on Jan 21, 2012 at 01:33 PM
    People don't get violent on marijuana as it mellows you out and would likely help to prevent someone from over reacting. Drinking too much alcohol will cause people to want to be agressive and fight, but not weed.
  • by Dennis Location: Tallahassee on Jan 21, 2012 at 12:49 PM
    OMG....you people defending the suspect are trailer trash and always will be! It is NOT all right to shoot your spouse just because he/she was unfaithful to you. The only "two sides" to this story are whether or not the suspect did what he's accused of doing. Whether he was "justified" is not open for discussion among civilized people if he is, in fact, guilty as charged.
  • by annonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    She should never went to another mans house...how would you act if you .. found your spouse with another married man, whose wife was out of town. Much love to both, but neither are innocent here. Its unfortunate, but love is crazy and until you've walked in their shoes, do not judge!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:56 AM
    Praying for Jesse. What you did was not right but we know that you love the Lord and we pray that he will lift you up. Stay strong.
  • by This is your Mr. Nice Guy? on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:38 AM
    from 2011: June 16 Bainbridge Code Enforcement Officer Pollock was notified by city employee Tony Jenkins of a tampered fire hydrant at 1212 Majestic Avenue. Moving pine straw at the base of the hydrant, someone had installed a water faucet. A hose, hidden under pine straw, led to several water sprinklers at 1212 Majestic. The culprit, Jesse Torres, was called to City Hall to speak with Sgt Pollock. Torres was asked what was going on with the fire hydrant in front of his house. Torres response what do you mean? Sgt. Pollock then showed Torres pictures and told him that it appeared that he was using the water from the fire hydrant to water his lawn. Torres responded he was not doing that. Torres was then asked about the faucet attachment to the hydrant and the water hose running in his yard. Torres stated he don't know anything about it. Jesse Torres was cited for theft of services, opening fire hydrant, and interference with equipment. http://bainbridgega.com/news/publish/0611inc.shtml
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      by what on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:30 AM in reply to This is your Mr. Nice Guy?
      is this the best you can come up with. water? new york, new jersey prisons should be full of people who open those things. a lot of them are little people, kids. should they bee locked up>
  • by Anony Location: Tallahassee on Jan 20, 2012 at 09:06 PM
    The question is, where is Mr. Short's wife and why was their two other women in his bedroom?
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      by Anonymous on Jan 21, 2012 at 06:00 PM in reply to Anony
      AMEM to that....
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      by Just the Facts! on Jan 22, 2012 at 11:34 AM in reply to Anony
      Your question is irrelevant. Stop trying to divert attention away from the real facts here. Jesse Torres is a violent man. He should be locked up in prison to protect his wife, Mr. Short, Ms. Glass and the rest of civilized society from him.
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        by joanne on Jan 22, 2012 at 09:41 PM in reply to Just the Facts!
        if he is so voilent than why is he just being locked up. his wife, short, glass, i wont even use mr. or miss they dont deserve that need to step up and own up to what they were doing.i dont know how they have the nerve to show there faces. scum of the earth.
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          by Just the Facts! on Jan 23, 2012 at 03:17 PM in reply to joanne
          What exactly do the three of them need to own up to? Last I checked none of them committed attempted homicide, none of them committed aggravated battery and none of them broke into a private citizen's home and shot up the place with a 12 gauge shotgun. They may lack moral character, but that's not illegal. Jesse's family and friends really need to stop trying to defend the indefensible and start encouraging him to step up and own up to what he's done.
  • by Boland Location: Tallahassee on Jan 20, 2012 at 05:44 PM
    Dufus with a gun and licensed to carry it.... now that's scarey.
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      by Tally on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:51 PM in reply to Boland
      A license is not needed or required to have or to use a shotgun.
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      by 2A Supporter on Jan 21, 2012 at 07:33 AM in reply to Boland
      The gun didn't do anything, it was just a tool. In his unstable rage, if he hadn't had a gun we would have been reading the story about a guy who broke into a house to attack three people with a machete.
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