Friday, May 6, 2016


Brooklyn Man Sentenced to 17 Years to Life for
Shooting Two Victims, One Fatally, after Altercation

Shot Victim Three Times Following Confrontation on Sunset Park Stoop

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 25-year-old Brooklyn man was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for the murder of another man whom he shot to death after they had a confrontation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Another victim was shot in the leg.

District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant opened fire on a residential block, killing a man and wounding another. We will not tolerate this type of gun violence on our streets and will ensure that those who kill and injure others will be held accountable and sent to prison for many years.”

The District Attorney identified the defendant as Valentin Torres, 25, of 538 82nd Street in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. He was sentenced today by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Alan Marrus to 17 years to life in prison following his conviction on April 8, 2016 on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a jury trial.

The District Attorney said that, according to trial testimony, at approximately 1 a.m. on August 25, 2013, the defendant was sitting outside 744 39th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn when he was approached by Johnny Rosado, 35. The two got into a fight over a comment the defendant purportedly made to a woman, according to testimony.

The defendant pulled out a revolver and fired the gun multiple times, striking Rosado three times and also hitting another man in the leg, according to witnesses. The defendant was arrested in New Jersey about two weeks later.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Carvajal, Deputy Bureau Chief of the District Attorney’s Homicide Bureau, under the supervision of Kenneth Taub, Chief.