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Man pleads guilty to involvement in deadly James Street fight

by: MARION COUNTY JAIL - (From left) Juan Torres-Santizo, Mateo Torres-Morales, Felipe Torres-Morales, Gaspar Torres-MoralesA 31-year-old man linked to the August 2013 murder on James Street in Woodburn has pleaded guilty to attempted assault in the second degree.

Juan Torres-Santizo, who was originally facing charges of attempted murder, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment with three years of post-prison supervision for his involvement in a fight with Antonio Segundo, who was unharmed. The sentence was handed down by Judge Dale W. Penn.

“The judge reviewed the facts and made that decision after talking to us and the defense lawyers,” said Deputy District Attorney Joe Hollander.

However, the Aug. 4 fight at the Victorian Apartments did result in the stabbing death of 23-year-old Juan Bravo Luna, and Mateo Torres-Morales, Torres-Santizo’s cousin, is charged with his murder. The trial for Torres-Morales, who has pleaded not guilty, is set for Nov. 12 before Judge Dennis Graves.

Torres-Santizo will serve as a material witness in that trial, along with Felipe Torres-Morales and Gaspar Torres-Morales.

Additionally, all four are being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Hollander said that the eight-month sentence was ruled to have begun at the time of arrest. Since Torres-Santizo was arrested in September, he has already served six months, but he will remain in custody until he is no longer needed as a material witness in his cousin’s trial.

“When we’re done with what we need them for, then they go to ICE,” Hollander said.

ICE will then determine whether each individual can stay in the country.



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