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
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.
Jesse A. Torres
27 years old
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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