Former Marine Charged with 2009 Murder at Henderson Hall
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jorge Avila Torrez, 22, of Arlington, Va., was indicted by a federal grand jury today of murdering Amanda Jean Snell, a 20-year-old Navy petty officer found dead in her barracks room at Joint Base Myer - Henderson Hall in Arlington, Va., on July 13, 2009.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; John Wagner, Special Agent in Charge of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s (NCIS) Washington Field Office, and M. Douglas Scott, Arlington Chief of Police, made the announcement.
Torrez was charged with first-degree murder, a death-eligible offense subject to a decision by the U.S. Attorney General. The mandatory minimum penalty is life in prison.
“Today, we are charging Jorge Torrez with murdering a young Navy Petty Officer in her barracks,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “This indictment is the result of extreme dedication by NCIS and the Arlington County Police Department to follow every lead possible to bring the person responsible for Amanda’s murder to justice.”
“It was gratifying to work with Arlington Police Department investigators, who were as committed as we at NCIS were, to find the person responsible for the murder of this bright, young Navy Petty Officer,” said Special Agent in Charge Wagner.
In July 2009, Torrez was an active duty Marine Corps corporal stationed at the Navy Annex at the Joint Base in Arlington, Va. According to the indictment, on July 11, 2009, Torrez killed Snell willfully, deliberately, maliciously, and with premeditation and malice.
The indictment also references Torrez’s previous convictions in Arlington County Circuit Court, which included using a firearm and the infliction or attempted affliction of serious bodily injury or death upon another person. On Dec. 10, 2010, Torrez was sentenced to five life terms plus 168 years, which he is currently serving at Red Onion State Prison.
This case was investigated by NCIS and the Arlington County Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael Rich and Jonathan Fahey are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.
A criminal indictment is only a charge and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.