Bay Ridge man sentenced for Sunset Park shooting

A 25-year-old Bay Ridge man was sentenced to 17 years to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in Sunset Park in 2013.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced the sentence on Friday, May 6. The 25-year-old Valentin Torres of 82nd Street had been convicted on April 8 of second-degree murder, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after a jury trial.

Valentin Torres

According to trial testimony, Torres was sitting outside of 744 39th Street in Sunset Park at around 1 a.m. on August 25, 2013 when he was approached by 35-year-old Johnny Rosado. The two got into a fight over a comment Torres allegedly made to a woman.

The fight escalated when Torres pulled out a gun and fired multiple times, striking Rosado three times and also hitting another man in the leg, according to witnesses. Torres was arrested in New Jersey about two weeks later.

“This defendant opened fire on a residential block, killing a man and wounding another,” Thompson said. “We will not tolerate this type of gun violence on our streets and will ensure that those who kill and injure others will be held accountable and sent to prison for many years.”

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