A motion hearing has been scheduled on the same day that Torres is supposed to self surrender at the Department of Corrections.
Guam – The high-profile case of former Guam Police Department Officer Mark Torre Jr. is headed back to court as a motion was filed which could affect his sentencing.
In just three days, former Police officer Mark Torre Jr. will be required to self-surrender to the Department of Corrections. But whether or not he will actually begin serving out his 8-year sentence will depend on the outcome of a motion hearing before Judge Michael Bordallo that is set to happen the same day.
Torre was found guilty in the death of fellow GPD Officer Sgt. Elbert Piolo. What started out as a night of partying with friends ended in tragedy outside Torre’s Yigo home where Torre shot Piolo in the chest. Torre pleaded not guilty to those charges and after the jury trial was sentenced on June 21.
According to Court documents, a motion for release on bail pending appeal was filed the day after Judge Bordallo handed down his decision. Torre was sentenced to 3 years each for negligent homicide, and aggravated assault, with 2 years suspended on each charge, and 6 years for aggravated special assault. He was also ordered to pay restitution of $2,000 with an additional $1,000 fine for the special allegation of possession or use of a deadly weapon.
In the motion for release, it states that “for nearly two years, Torre has complied with all conditions of pre-trial release, and no violations whatsoever, at least no credible violations, have been reported.”
It further states that “he has appeared at all court hearings and regularly reported to pre-trial. No flight risk, no danger to community, is or can be believed to exist.”
The court document cites Guam law which states that “A person who has been convicted of an offense and is either awaiting sentencing or has filed an appeal, shall be released … pending the imposition of sentence or the final determination of the appeal, by the court having jurisdiction of the case.”
Torre has remained on house arrest pending a commitment order which has not yet been filed.