Former Southern Command intel specialist gets 3-plus years

A former intelligence specialist for the Miami-based Southern Command has been sentenced to more than three years in prison.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office reported Tuesday that 37-year-old Jose Emmanuel Torres was sentenced to 41 months after previously pleading guilty to federal bribery and exceeding authorized access to a government computer.

Prosecutors say Torres was arrested after accepting a duffel bag from a confidential informant he was told contained $250,000 in drug-related money. Torres had been assigned to a Marine Corps intelligence unit that collects information on drug traffickers and alleged terrorists.

Authorities say Torres threatened to have the informant arrested for immigration violations if he did not pay Torres thousands of dollars. The informant contacted the FBI, which recorded conversations and intercepted electronic messages and later set up the purported money exchange.