What to Know
- A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 50 years in state prison for a 2014 shooting death, prosecutors say
- Gregory Torres, 23, of Elizabeth, must serve at least 85 percent of that term before the possibility of parole
- His conviction is a result of a trial into the killing of Woodbridge resident Bilal Fullman, 25, who was shot 8 times in a housing complex
A New Jersey man has been sentenced to 50 years in state prison for a 2014 shooting death, prosecutors say.
Gregory Torres, 23, of Elizabeth, must serve at least 85 percent of that term before the possibility of parole under the terms set down Friday by state Superior Court Judge William Daniel.
According to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, on Dec. 12, 2014 at around 8:30 p.m., Elizabeth Police Department units were called to the Oakland Plaza housing complex on a report of an alleged shooting and found Woodbridge resident Bilal Fullman, 25, in a first-floor vestibule, having been shot eight times.
A subsequent investigation allegedly resulted in Torres being identified as a suspect in the case. He was arrested in Virginia roughly two months after the shooting.
Torres was convicted of all charges against him in early April 2018.
The judge had described the shooting as “premeditated” and “cold-blooded,” since at trial, witnesses testified that Torres had noted his intent to kill Fullman, prosecutors say.
Torres is currently serving a four-year sentence for a 2017 racketeering conviction, after being one of a dozen people arrested in an unrelated Prosecutor’s Office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force multi-month investigation.
That specific investigation resulted in charges being filed in March 2015.
The operation targeted Elizabeth’s 111 N.H.C. (Neighborhood Crips) street gang and its alleged engagement in white-collar crime through strings of identity theft and credit card fraud.