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Sailor's slaying: Prosecutors urge former Marine get death penalty

Apr. 24, 2014 - 05:00PM   |  
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Jorge Torrez (AP)

ALEXANDRIA, VA. — Prosecutors have urged a federal jury to impose the death penalty on an ex-Marine who murdered a Navy sailor, saying itís the only adequate punishment for a man who has committed a series of sexually motivated attacks.

The jury heard closing arguments Thursday in federal court in Alexandria in the trial of 25-year-old Jorge Torrez.

That jury found Torrez guilty of the 2009 murder of sailor Amanda Snell on an Arlington base.

After his conviction, Torrez ordered his lawyers not to make any defense on his behalf in the sentencing phase.

Prosecutor James Trump told jurors that execution is the only adequate punishment for a man who not only murdered Snell but killed two girls in his Illinois hometown. Torrez is charged but has not been convicted in those slayings.

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