(Pomona, CA) A Montclair man charged with the deaths of three young men in a fatal street race pleaded Thursday, the L.A. District Attorney’s Office announced.
Roque Torres, 28, pleaded no contest to three counts of vehicular manslaughter.
Pomona Superior Court Judge Jack Hunt said Torres will be sentenced on July 25. Torres faces a sentence of five years, four months in state prison, under the terms of a negotiated plea agreement.
The case went unsolved for almost eight years, until officers of the Pomona Police Department received an anonymous tip in October 2010 that implicated Torres, prosecutors said. The case was filed in February.
Torres engaged another vehicle in a street race in Pomona on Dec. 20, 2002. The driver of the other vehicle, Jamael Glenn Johnson, 22, and two passengers, Jose Issac Batres, 26, and Carlos Mendoza, 20, were killed when their vehicle collided with a van. The driver of the van sustained serious injuries.
The case was investigated by officers of the Pomona Police Department.