Convicted cop shooter whose sentence was thrown out by Superior Court considers plea deal

Steve Tawa
December 10, 2018 - 12:09 pm
In 2015, then 33-year-old Eric Torres was sentenced to 66 to 132 years in prison in connection to a shooting that left Philadelphia Police Officer Edward Davies in a medically induced coma and nerve damage.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A man previously convicted for shooting and disabling a Philadelphia police officer in 2013 now has 10 days to decide whether to accept an offer conveyed by the District Attorney's Office, or be retried for the same crimes. 

In 2015, then 33-year-old Eric Torres was sentenced to 66 to 132 years in prison. Torres was involved in the shooting of Officer Edward Davies, during a struggle with four officers inside a neighborhood grocery store in Feltonville after a car stop-and-chase.

But last year, Pennsylvania Superior Court vacated the sentence and ordered a new trial based on a defense appeal that police did not have probable cause to search his nearby home. 

Davies, who was shot in the stomach, was in a medically induced coma for three weeks and has had multiple surgeries. He lost a kidney, has nerve damage, and he remains in physical discomfort.

"I'm the victim here, and the (system) is trying to get a career criminal back on the street," he said. "It's a complete joke."

The first jury returned guilty verdicts on aggravated assault as well as gun and drug charges for large amounts of heroin found in his home and car. The jury acquitted Torres of attempted murder.

Now, Torres is considering the district attorney's offer of 21 to 42 years, but in the aggregate, it would amount to 37 to 74 years in prison because another judge found him in violation of probation. 

His defense lawyer is to return Dec. 20, and Torres will be transported by sheriff's deputies to court to say whether he will accept that plea arrangement or start a new trial.