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Ex-Marine guilty of murder, could face execution

Tuesday - 4/8/2014, 3:59pm  ET

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- An ex-Marine has been convicted of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of a fellow service member, and now faces a possible death sentence.

A jury in federal court in Alexandria convicted Jorge Torrez Tuesday of murdering Navy Petty Officer Amanda Snell in July 2009. Both lived in the barracks on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall.

Prosecutors said Snell's murder was part of a series of violent, stalking attacks on young women. He is already serving a life sentence for abducting three women in Arlington, raping one of them repeatedly and leaving her for dead.

He is also charged with the murder of two young girls in 2005 in his hometown of Zion, Ill.

Prosecutors will ask the jury to sentence Torrez to death when the trial resumes April 21.

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