Goshen teenager setenced to 10 years in robbery case
Posted: 01/18/2013 at 1:15 am
Andres Torres, 17, of 824 S. 11th Street, Goshen, was sentenced to 10 years in prison and three years on probation. His co-defendant, Darius Thomas, 18, was sentenced in December to 12 years in prison.
In an emotional argument to the judge, Torres said he’d accept and take any punishment if it helped him become a better person. He apologized to his family, who was sitting in the back, promising them that he’ll work to make them proud. Torres’s attorney, Jeff Majerek, said the family was shown strong support toward his client.
Majerek explained that Torres was the driver when the robbery happened at a Goshen gas station. However, he said Torres did not go inside the gas station.
“He confessed on his first opportunity,” said Majerek. “He took responsibility. He was upset when he saw a photo of Mr. Thomas pointing the gun at the victim.”
Judge Terry Shewmaker said there were several aggravating circumstances that merited an enhanced sentence for Torres. But he also asked Torres to prove that he can change and become a better person.
“Your family wants you to be successful and you want to be successful,” he said. “Make some changes. I don’t want to hear it, I want to see these actions.”