Release* Date: April 10, 2014
County Prosecutor’s Office
*News Release* Date: April 10, 2014
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey
announced today that a
Angel T. Torres, also known as Angel Ramos, 40, of
was sentenced to the term in
The prison term was imposed after Torres was convicted on February 24, 2014 of reckless manslaughter, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm for an unlawful purpose, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
During a four-week trial, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas K. Mannion presented evidence and testimony showing Torres was involved in the fatal shooting of Angel Vasquez, 29, of Keyport and wounding the victim’s sister, Lourdes Diaz, 43, on August 18, 2009.
Torres, his son, Angel Diaz, 22, of Perth Amboy and a co-defendant, Axcel Diaz , 22, of Woodbridge, were arrested and charged when an investigation determined that they sought revenge after Angel Diaz and Axcel Diaz were involved in a fistfight with Luis Vasquez, 28, and a group of unidentified companions.
Diaz and Axcel Diaz solicited help from Torres, who went to Vasquez’s home in the
Fords section of
At some point, shots were fired through the door of the residence, striking Angel Vasquez and Lourdes Diaz. Luis Vasquez was not injured.
Both Axcel Diaz and Angel Diaz have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Angel Diaz and Axcel Diaz were just shy of their 18th birthdays when the crimes were committed, and were charged as juveniles until a three-year effort by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office to try them as adults was upheld by the state Supreme Court in September 2012.