Child Killer, Noe Torres Sentenced to Life in Prison Plus 31 years
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced today that Noe Torres, age 36, of Clovis, NM was sentenced to life in prison, plus an additional 31 and one-half years. Torres was convicted by a jury in Clovis, NM in March of this year of First Degree Murder along with attempt and conspiracy to commit murder as well as shooting at a dwelling, felon in possession of a firearm, and tampering with evidence.
Torres was convicted of the murder of 10-year-old Carlos Perez that occurred on September 15, 2005. Carlos was shot in the head through a bedroom window while he lay sleeping in his bed. Torres is the last of five defendants who were charged and convicted in this case. Torres is a longtime fugitive who fled to Mexico shortly after the murder and was brought back to the United States in January of 2012.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the sentencing hearing today, imposing the mandatory life sentence, (which in New Mexico means 30 years before being eligible for parole,) plus additional 31 and one-half years to be served consecutively to the life sentence. Judge Tatum heard an emotional statement from a family member of the victim Carlos Perez. Torres also gave a statement to the Court in which he still proclaimed his innocence. Judge Tatum stated, “There has been a terror on this community because of what you did to Carlos. Your despicable, inhumane and reckless actions resulted in the untimely death of Carlos and no sentence I can give today can bring peace to the family.”
The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Andrea Reeb, and Assistant District Attorney, Matthew Andrasko. The defendant was represented by criminal defense attorney, Stacey Ward of Los Lunas, NM.
District Attorney Reeb said, “After 10 long years, Carlos Perez and the Perez family have finally received justice. This has been a 10 year chapter of many people's lives, including mine, Agent Dan Aguilar, and mostly the Perez family that we are glad to see end. My hope is that now the Perez family can finally get some much deserved closure. “