Sentence finally reached in 1992 murder of Navy Exchange cashier
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
19-year-old Ruben Gallegos was last seen on May 1, 1992 leaving his cashier cage at the Pearl Harbor Navy Exchange carrying a money bag with $80,000.
He was with Jenaro Torres, a Department of Justice police officer, who was later arrested. In Torres' car were some items belonging to Gallegos, the missing money and a handgun. Gallegos' body has never been found.
15 years later, in May of 2007, a Circuit Court jury found Torres guilty of second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
On Thursday, Attorney General David Louie announced that Jenaro Torres pleaded no contest to First Degree Assault.
Pursuant to the plea agreement, Torres was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.
Torres was also sentenced to a mandatory minimum sentence of 5 years for using a revolver in the commission of the assault.
Torres has been incarcerated since 2006.
The Attorney General's Office says the plea agreement was reasonable in light of the fact the offense occurred in 1992 and three material witnesses are now deceased.
The AG's office says the victim's family supported the plea agreement and continues to be hopeful that Torres might someday disclose the location of Ruben's remains so that he can be given an appropriate burial in Texas.