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
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
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
Torres' behavior behind bars played a part in his
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
"There is not one witness who says Bryan
killed the officers or moved their bodies," Bañuelos said.
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.