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Retrial for man convicted of raping an elderly woman underway

The retrial of a Syracuse man convicted in 2011 of raping an elderly woman in a Grant Village apartment began on Sunday.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – The retrial of a Syracuse man convicted in 2011 of raping an elderly woman in a Grant Village apartment began on Sunday.

Vincent Torres was initially sentenced to nearly 100 years in prison after being convicted of burglary, rape, attempted sodomy, sodomy, and sexual abuse.

Police arrested Torres after matching DNA evidence collected at the scene.

Torres was awarded a new trial on a technicality.

In July 2012, State Supreme Court Justices ruled that he should receive a new trial because his wife was not able to sit in during jury selection because the courtroom was too crowded.

His victim was dismayed when the new trial became public and Torres was released on bail.

In July, 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?"

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