Man Sentenced to 365 Months in Prison
SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO – On December 8, 2021, U.S. District Judge Francisco Besosa sentenced Jadiel Torres-Rijos to a term of 365 months (30 years and 5 months) in prison for his participation in a robbery resulting in the murder of Armando Rosado-Molina, a businessman who owned several gas stations and other commercial properties, announced W. Stephen Muldrow, United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico.
Between March 30, 2019 and March 31, 2019, Torres-Rijos and his co-defendants planned to commit a robbery at Rosado-Molina’s residence in San Lorenzo. During the evening hours between March 31, 2019 and April 1, 2019, Torres-Rijos and his co-defendants set up surveillance near Rosado-Molina’s residence. They were armed with a baseball bat, a weapon having the appearance of a rifle, and pepper spray. Torres-Rijos and his co-defendants later breached the residence and encountered Rosado-Molina who tried to defend himself with a firearm he legally owned. During a physical struggle with one of the robbers, Rosado-Molina lost control of the firearm. He was subsequently beaten with a baseball bat, after which point he was shot and killed.
Torres-Rijos and his co-defendants, all of whom have already pleaded guilty and are pending sentencing, took over $20,000 from Rosado-Molina’s residence, and two motor vehicles.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to bringing those who commit acts of violence to justice,” said U.S. Attorney Muldrow. “The imposition of a 365-month sentence sends a loud and clear message that violent offenders will be held accountable for their crimes.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was in charge of the investigation, and Assistant United States Attorney Alexander Alum prosecuted the case.