Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Vincent Torres will spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to nearly eight decades on Friday
Torres was convicted on multiple felonies related to an incident in which he sexually abused an elderly woman 10 years ago.
Now 86 years old, his victim says she’s relieved that he will be returning to prison.
“I'm just relieved that he's gone. When I first heard he was released out on bail, I was a basket case. You couldn't talk to me or anything. I couldn't stand it. But now it's all over. This is my closure,” she said.
She says she has forgiven the man, as the Bible instructs, but she will never forget what Torres did to her.
"I feel sorry for his wife and family and I feel kind of sorry for him because he had to be sick that night to do what he did to me,” she said.
Torres’ 2011 conviction was reversed because of a technicality.
With a second chance at a trial, his victim was forced to tell her story again.
In the court on Friday, Onondaga County Judge Thomas Miller said to Torres, "The shame, the embarrassment, her uncertainty in dealing with the trial testimony as everybody looked on. 86 years old. This is how she spent the last ten years because of you, reliving the horror in her twilight years that you quite clearly perpetrated on her."
This time, the judge says, the Appellate Court will find Torres was given a fair trial, ensuring that he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
“I hope that she experiences some sense of justice from this and is able to move on in these later years of life,” said Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Cali.
Torres’ victim hopes the lengthy sentence will make him look inward at what he did to her.
"He's got a lot of time to do some soul searching for himself, now doesn't he,” she said.
Judge Miller noted that the victim has nothing to be ashamed of and that her family has a great deal to be proud of.
The 77-year sentence is for multiple charges – including sexual abuse, sodomy, and burglary, which will be served consecutively.