A woman who has contributed to the indictments and convictions of at least five drug cases appeared in court to be sentenced in her own drug case. But just how much time she should be sentenced to based on her assistance was the focus of the hearing.
Lucille Torres has been labeled a snitch and drug dealer but her attorney Curtis Van de Veld pushed hard to have his client afforded the maximum amount of time taken off her sentence, stating she has provided substantial assistance to the federal and local government in at least five cases, one of which was the DOC contraband conspiracy case involving DOC officers and the late Louie Hocog, an inmate at DOC.
While the government agreed that the information she provided in the Untalan sisters drug case and the Quitigua case was helpful in garnering convictions, they believe that the downward departure afforded relative to the Quitigua case is substantial enough as the case is tied to the Hocog case.
The prosecution stated they took into account that she did provide information, she was a witness, and she was threatened. After hearing the arguments, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood stated it is clear to the court that Torres has been truthful, complete, and reliable in the testimony she provided and her assistance was great, further noting that defense counsel has noted that she is at risk of injury because of her assistance.
While the government requested a 51-month prison term, the Chief Judge sentenced Torres to 45 months with credit for time served.