A Miami man who murdered his mistress, dumped her body near the Everglades and escaped to Nicaragua must serve 30 years in prison, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Jurors in March convicted Roque Torres, 64, of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon for the slaying of Marisol Ramon of Miami Lakes.
Prosecutors said Torres shot Ramon during an argument inside his SUV in May 2010. He abandoned his blood-soaked car, but not before dumping Ramon’s body along a rural road near the Broward-Palm Beach County line.
Torres then fled to Central America. He was later arrested in Nicaragua.
At Tuesday’s sentencing, Ramon’s son, Steven Nuñez, 21, said Torres had stolen his “best friend.”
His sister, Stefany Nuñez, 26, said Ramon — a native of Colombia who was attending beauty school — was her idol.
“She sacrificed so much so that we could get ahead,” Stefany Nuñez said. “She was always so happy and smiling.”
Torres refused to accept responsibility for the slaying, and yelled at Ramon’s family as they walked out of the courtroom after the sentencing.
“Typical criminal,” Stephany Nuñez said. “We’re happy with the outcome of the case.”
At trial, Torres’ defense attorney argued there were no eyewitnesses to the crime. He painted Ramon as a jealous, possessive lover who actually shot herself — accidentally during a struggle over a pistol, or in a suicide — inside the SUV.
The jury deliberated only two hours before convicting Torres. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Eric Hendon refused to throw out the verdict.
Torres earlier turned down a plea offer of 10 years in prison.