Bowery Subway Sex Attacker Michael Torres Gets 13 Years in Prison
Michael Torres was sentenced to 13 years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to that horrifying sexual attack in the Bowery J/Z subway station last February. The 29-year-old attacker was a resident of the Andrew’s Hotel flophouse at 197 Bowery, where he was later arrested for his heinous actions. He reportedly had 27 prior arrests.
During the wee hours of that early-February morning, the unidentified 36-year-old victim had exited a J train and taken the escalator to street level. Before reaching her destination, Torres pulled her away, tossed her to the ground, then dragged her to the end of the platform. But that’s not all. The perp then forced his prey onto the tracks where he sexually assaulted her. Torres had been armed with a screwdriver, and was scared off by the arrival of nearby track workers.
The New York Post reports that prosecutors were pushing for 15 years to life. However, under the judgement given by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman, a parole board has the ability to keep him imprisoned for the rest of his life.