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This profile was last updated on 10/17/06  and contains information from public web pages.
 
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Employment History

  • Student
    David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center
  • Lawyer
    School for Social Betterment of Minors
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El Paso Times - Teen held in Juárez feels safer in city's prison
www.elpasotimes.com, 17 Oct 2006 [cached]
document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.width = requestedWidth + "px"; if(requestedWidth > 0){ document.getElementById('articleViewerGroup').style.margin = "0px 0px 10px 10px"; } >JUAREZ -- Bryan Torres was not looking forward to being transferred from juvenile detention to Juárez's infamous Cereso prison.The El Paso teen had terrifying visions filled with explosive violence and rampant drug use.
He was hoping until the last minute that various appeals filed by his lawyer would free him.
But they didn't, and there was no stopping his 18th birthday from rolling around.
Five days later, he was driven to the Cereso, his new home for the next 12 months.
"You're afraid.You're afraid of what's going to happen," Torres recalled in a recent interview behind bars.
Torres, a U.S. citizen and a former student at El Paso's David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center, was sentenced to two years in prison for being an accomplice in the shooting deaths of two Juárez police officers last year.He says he is innocent.
Three months have now passed and Torres' fears have not materialized.Quite the opposite.
Torres said he is better off at the Cereso than at the juvenile detention center, where he got into fights with the
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"We have to pay for everything," said Leticia Alvarez, Torres' aunt with whom Torres lived near Horizon City.
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He left with my CD," Torres said.
Torres said he rekindled his friendship with Daygoro Josué Rivera Contreras, the confessed triggerman in the police officers' murders.Asked if he thought it was a good idea to hang out with Rivera, Torres shrugged and said, "We've learned from what happened."
On June 19, 2005, Torres crashed at Rivera's Juárez house.That night, Rivera told police that he was stopped by the officers for a traffic infraction and that the officers asked him for a bribe.He said they followed him home, where he fetched a gun, came back out and shot the officers.Torres said he slept through the ordeal but he was arrested as an accomplice.
When he gets out in nine months, or less if his good behavior yields an early release, Torres said he wants to pick up his life where he left off: at the Job Corps in El Paso where he took a course in food services.
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But Torres said he had committed himself to staying on the straight and narrow no matter what.
"In jail, you get a lot of lectures," he said.
El Paso Times Local news
www.borderlandnews.com, 6 Sept 2005 [cached]
The sentence handed to El Paso teen Bryan Torres by a Juárez tribunal last week was based largely on the word of another boy held at the juvenile detention center and on a psychological profile that includes a violent dream.
Torres, 17, was arrested in June after his childhood friend Daygoro Josué Rivera Contreras shot and killed two Juárez police officers who allegedly asked him for a bribe.Torres was sentenced to two years in prison as an accomplice Wednesday after a panel of judges reviewed his file.There was no hearing.
Torres, a student at El Paso's David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center, says he is innocent.
But the testimony of a fellow inmate at the detention center where Torres has spent the last two months paints a different picture.
According to court documents, the boy testified that Torres bragged he had been driving with Rivera when the officers stopped them for running a stop sign.Rivera offered them a bribe and asked them to follow him to his house where he would give them about $40, court documents showed.
On the way, Rivera "said that it would be better to kill them (the officers), and Bryan said OK," the boy's testimony reads.The boy also said it was Torres who handed Rivera the gun.
After Rivera shot the two officers, Torres helped shove their bodies back inside the patrol car, the boy said.
The juvenile court judges believed the boy's version Wednesday, declaring that, "It is not believable that (Rivera) could have done all of it without the help of someone else," according to court documents.
Torres and Rivera have said that they were not together the night of the murder and that Torres was asleep at Rivera's house and not involved in any way.
Last Wednesday, Torres dismissed the boy's testimony.
"This boy is the one with whom I have been fighting," he said.
Torres has had at least three documented fights inside the detention center that left scratches on his face, earned him time in solitary confinement and reduced visitation time with his family.
Torres' behavior behind bars played a part in his sentencing.
A report showed he spit at another boy, swore and made fun of the staff, and tried to bring candy into the patio.Psychologists at the detention center described him as "irritable, explosive and even dangerous, trying to keep up appearances, with antisocial tendencies ... arrogant, pretentious ... with lack of respect for authority."The report also mentions a dream Torres allegedly related to the other boy inmate in which Torres killed a woman and cut up her body.
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"There is not one witness who says Bryan killed the officers or moved their bodies," Bañuelos said.
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Police apparently did not recover bloody clothing belonging to Torres.
But police said they caught Torres hiding Rivera's blood-soaked clothing inside an oven, something Torres denies.
El Paso Times Local news
www.elpasotimes.com, 1 Sept 2005 [cached]
Bryan Torres, who maintains his innocence, was accompanied by his parents and lawyer to an office at the School for Social Betterment of Minors -- the juvenile detention center in Juárez -- where a court clerk presented them with the ruling convicting him of murder and robbery charges.The judges who issued the order did not attend.
Minutes before the ruling was made public, Torres had said he was hopeful he would be exonerated, so much so that he had made plans to spend the evening surrounded by friends and family at his home in Horizon City.
"I have to spend two years here.It's not fair.It's not fair," Torres said.
Torres, a student at El Paso's David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center, vowed to challenge his conviction and punishment.
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A copy of the court order states that Torres was spending the night at his friend's house in Juárez on the day of the slayings.Torres and his friend, Daygoro Josué Rivera Contreras, had gone out when they were stopped by police.
According to the order, Rivera made a comment to Torres about killing the officers.It also states that Torres handed his friend the gun used to shoot the officers and that, after the shooting, Torres participated in robbing the officers and in hiding evidence of the shooting, such as Rivera's bloody clothes.
The court order includes the results of a psychological analysis of Torres, which revealed that he has an aggressive side that can present itself in an explosive and even dangerous form.
Torres and his family said he didn't participate in the murders.They also dismissed the results of the psychological exam.
His lawyer said the only thing Torres may be accused of is not reporting to authorities that a crime was committed, a minor offense compared with the charges against him.
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Bryan Torres , 17, fought back tears Wednesday as he told a a friend that he had been sentenced to two years in prison.
El Paso Times Local news
www.borderlandnews.com, 1 Sept 2005 [cached]
Bryan Torres, who maintains his innocence, was accompanied by his parents and lawyer to an office at the School for Social Betterment of Minors -- the juvenile detention center in Juárez -- where a court clerk presented them with the ruling convicting him of murder and robbery charges.The judges who issued the order did not attend.
Minutes before the ruling was made public, Torres had said he was hopeful he would be exonerated, so much so that he had made plans to spend the evening surrounded by friends and family at his home in Horizon City.
"I have to spend two years here.It's not fair.It's not fair," Torres said.
Torres, a student at El Paso's David L. Carrasco Job Corps Center, vowed to challenge his conviction and punishment.
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A copy of the court order states that Torres was spending the night at his friend's house in Juárez on the day of the slayings.Torres and his friend, Daygoro Josué Rivera Contreras, had gone out when they were stopped by police.
According to the order, Rivera made a comment to Torres about killing the officers.It also states that Torres handed his friend the gun used to shoot the officers and that, after the shooting, Torres participated in robbing the officers and in hiding evidence of the shooting, such as Rivera's bloody clothes.
The court order includes the results of a psychological analysis of Torres, which revealed that he has an aggressive side that can present itself in an explosive and even dangerous form.
Torres and his family said he didn't participate in the murders.They also dismissed the results of the psychological exam.
His lawyer said the only thing Torres may be accused of is not reporting to authorities that a crime was committed, a minor offense compared with the charges against him.
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Bryan Torres , 17, fought back tears Wednesday as he told a friend that he had been sentenced to two years in prison.
El Paso Times Local news
www.borderlandnews.com, 24 Aug 2005 [cached]
But on Tuesday, Bryan Torres, 17, his family and his friends were bitterly disappointed.
Officials had said Torres, who said he is innocent in the slayings, would be held for 60 days from his June 23 admission to the School for Social Betterment of Minors, the juvenile detention center in Juárez.
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So Torres may have to stay 16 more days.
"I was ready for it today," Torres said in a daze.
His friend Rachel Villalobos, a senior at Eastwood High School, said Torres looked crushed.
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The juvenile court Tuesday received the last missing piece in Torres' file -- a psychological analysis -- and will now review the case to decide whether Torres is guilty of helping his friend cover up the shooting deaths of the two officers who allegedly asked for a bribe.
Torres, a student at El Paso's David Carrasco Job Corps Center, was spending the night at his friend's house at the time of the slayings.Police said that in the few minutes between the shooting and the arrival of investigators, Torres tried to hide his friend's clothes.
Torres says he didn't.
Raquel Villalobos, a family friend and Rachel's mother, said Tuesday that it wasn't fair to give Torres a mandatory 60-day sentence before deciding his guilt.
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Rogelio Alvarez, Torres' uncle who raised Torres in East El Paso, described his own state of mind as "nervous about everything."
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On Tuesday, Torres sported an inch-long scratch on his cheek.
Despite being locked up alone for 23 hours a day, Torres has managed to get into two fights, he explained sheepishly.
"I can't tolerate any more sometimes," he said.
As a punishment, his visits were reduced to 15 minutes four times a day, instead of 30 minutes.
In addition to friends and family, officials of the U.S. Consulate go to see him, he said.
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Bryan Torres embraced his father during a visit Tuesday.Torres' family and friends expected him to be released Tuesday from a detention center in Juárez, but he may have to stay 16 more days.
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