The jury that found Mauricio Torres guilty of capital murder have sentenced him to the death penalty.
On Monday, a jury found Torres guilty of murdering his 6-year-old son Isaiah Torres. Isaiah Torres died on March 30, 2015. Police said Isaiah Torres died as a result of severe child abuse.
The defense said Mauricio Torres didn’t knowingly cause his son’s death, so he didn’t deserve capital punishment.
Some of Torres’ children and step children Monday described to the jury what life was like growing up in the Torres household. Many gave tearful testimonies that said Mauricio sexually abused them growing up.
Prosecutors said Isaiah Torres endured chronic abuse, and the child suffered from numerous internal injuries and body burns. Police said he died from being sodomized with a stick.
Tuesday Morning, the defense brought Mauricio Torres’ father and uncle to stand to talk about what they said was his tough childhood and how his mother abandoned him at a young age. However, that testimony failed to sway the jury as they unanimously voted in favor of the death penalty.
Nathan Smith, Benton County Prosecuting attorney, said Isaiah’s siblings said they’re grateful to the jurors and thankful justice was delivered for Isaiah Torres as well as for themselves. The sentencing is anything but harsh. If we have a death penalty it is for Mauricio Torres. If there is any person who has ever walked this earth who deserves the death penalty it is Mauricio Torres. Mauricio Torres committed the most heinous and despicable crimes,” Smith said.
Isaiah Torres’ mother, Cathy Torres, also faces a capital murder charge and is set to go on trail at a later date.