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Feb 9, 2018

Banker Fined for Friend’s Accidental Death

Edwardo Torres

A banker made a decision while intoxicated to put a licensed firearm in a friend’s mouth, which cost that friend his life. Forty-five-year-old Edwardo Torres has avoided jail time after pleading guilty in court. But he must pay a significant fine. Torres appeared before Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Williams on a lesser charge of unlawful harm through negligence of a firearm rather than manslaughter. Torres and thirty-two-year-old John Paul Fernandez were socializing at an establishment on the Philip Goldson Highway in May of 2013. As it was closing for the night, the men went out to the parking lot. According to two other patrons who were witnesses in the case, they heard the men conversing and Fernandez told Torres to put his licensed firearm in his, Fernandez’s mouth. Torres did so without the magazine and the gun went off, shooting Fernandez in the mouth. Fernandez fell to the ground and Torres picked up the weapon and ran from the scene to his home. Torres pleaded guilty to the charge and Justice Williams noted that while he was a first-time offender, the fact remained that he should not have taken his friend’s challenge and acted recklessly, even under the influence of alcohol. She set a fine of fifteen thousand dollars. Five thousand is due by November ninth, 2018 to the Supreme Court. The remainder is to be paid to the estate of Fernandez by the same date.

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