By Bill Parry
JACKSON HEIGHTS — A 27-year-old Bronx man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison Monday for the fatal stabbing of a Woodside man under the elevated tracks of the 90th Street and Elmhurst Avenue 7 line subway station in September 2013, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
Steve Torres, of West 195th Street in the Bronx, was convicted May 24 of second-degree murder for killing Ever Orozco after the jury needed only 11 minutes to deliberate the case following a one-week trial before Queens Supreme Court Justice Barry Schwartz.
“The quick deliberation by the jury speaks volumes,” Brown said. “The defendant violently and furiously stabbed an innocent bystander. The sentence imposed by the court today is more than warranted to punish this defendant for his horrific crime and protect society.”
Orozco had just dropped off his wife at a nearby doctor’s office around 1 p.m. on Sept.16, 2013 when he parked his car near the 90th Street station and was viciously attacked, according to trial testimony. The victim was stabbed multiple times by Torres, prosecutors said.
Numerous people who witnessed the slaying, jumped into action by chasing Torres. One individual took a photo of the defendant as he was running away and another took pictures as he was being apprehended.
Orozco was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital Center. Schwartz, who presided over the trial, sentenced Torres to 25 years to life.
— Bill Parry