facing trial for felony murder and two counts of aggravated assault on
Monday accepted a plea offer to voluntary manslaughter nearly two years
after accidentally shooting his 23-month-old grandson.
Efrain Torres was sentenced to 20 years to serve 15 years in
confinement, said Dan Mayfield, chief assistant district attorney. The
case was heard by Judge Karen Beyers and prosecuted by Assistant
District Attorney Samantha Routh.
incident that brought Torres to court happened on Aug. 20, 2013 when
Gwinnett County Police responded to a home on Stafford Drive in
unincorporated Lilburn. Torres and his grandson’s father, Rochell McCoy,
who was 29 at the time, were in an argument when police said Torres
fired several shots at McCoy in the driveway. One of them struck
23-month-old Deandre Vega, three weeks from his second birthday. Vega
later died at a local hospital. There were no other injuries.
who was 39 at the time, remained on scene and was present when officers
arrived. He was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault.
Edwin Wilson brought up his client’s prosthetic right leg and the
subsequent vulnerability when confronted by someone larger than him,
such as McCoy. He stressed that Torres had asked McCoy to leave multiple
“Are you aware that nobody intended any harm to the child?” he asked Leak.