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Convicted rapist to get new trial

A man from Syracuse who was supposed to be behind bars for nearly a century is getting a new trial. Vincent Torres was convicted of raping a 76-year-old woman nine years ago.
SYRACUSE, NY (WSYR-TV) - A man from Syracuse who was supposed to be behind bars for nearly a century is getting a new trial.

Vincent Torres was convicted of raping a 76-year-old woman nine years ago.

On Saturday State Supreme Court Justices ruled that he should get a new trial because his wife was not able to sit in during jury selection because the courtroom was too crowded.

The now 85-year-old victim said she will have to relive that terrible incident in court, again.

She spoke to NewsChannel 9 by phone and said, "This guy raped me, he sodomized me, he choked me, why should he get another trial when he was found guilty in the first one?"

Last July Torres was sentenced to 97 years in prison for the crime.

"I think its disgusting and unfair 36 people found him guilty. How many does it take," said the victim.

She said she still remembers the day she told the jury how he broke into her home and raped her.

"When I told the story, I said, 'Please God let me die because I don't want to go in the bedroom and do what he wants me to do to him.  A couple of them were crying. I saw tears coming down their cheeks."

In an e-mail to NewsChannel 9, Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said that before the victim has to testify, his office “intends to seek leave to the state's highest court in an effort to overturn this ruling.”

Fitzpatrick went on to say, “We agree with the well reasoned and common sense dissent of Justices Scudder and Centra,” the only justices to reject the decision.

No word yet on when Torres' new trial will be.
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