P R E S S R E L E A S E
November 17, 2016
State of Florida v. Porfirio Torres
2013-1168-CF – 1.) First Degree Murder w/ Firearm 2.) False Imprisonment
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Case
Date of Offense: 07/25/2013
Torres Convicted on First Degree Murder, False Imprisonment Charges
PALATKA – A Putnam County Jury deliberated just 1 hour and 30 minutes before convicting Porfirio Correa Torres, 41, of First Degree Murder and False Imprisonment charges today, November 17, 2016 following a four-day trial. Torres faces a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole at a sentencing hearing set for December 21, 2016 @ 9:00am in front of Judge Wolfe.
On July 25, 2013, Torres shot 26-year-old Eric Santiago, of Interlachen. After shooting Santiago, Torres then proceeded to beat Santiago with a metal lawn ornament. Santiago was pronounced dead at the scene.
Torres has a lengthy criminal history including prison stints for robbery with a deadly weapon, fleeing from police, and other felony convictions.
Assistant State Attorneys Mark Johnson, of the State Attorney’s Homicide Unit, prosecuted the case with Assistant State Attorney James Nealis. Circuit Judge Clyde Wolfe presided over the case and will pronounce sentence at hearing on December 21, 2016.
Please see attached Indictment.
For more information contact:
Spencer S. Hathaway
Public Information Officer / Assistant State Attorney
Office of R.J. Larizza
State Attorney, Seventh Judicial Circuit
251 N. Ridgewood Avenue