Lake Station man gets 70 years in prison for girlfriend’s death

A Lake Station man convicted of killing his girlfriend has been sentenced to 70 years in prison.

Jovanni Torres, 32, was sentenced Friday to 60 years for murder and 10 years for using a firearm in the crime. A jury convicted him in April.

The partially nude, decomposing corpse of 26-year-old Aimee Giro was found in Torres’ home on Oct. 5, 2016. Her father, Juan Giro, testified he went to Torres’ home looking for his daughter and noticed a rotting smell. Police obtained a warrant and forced entry into the home. She died from gunshot wounds to the head and lower back.

The part-time waitress and university student had last been seen five days earlier.

Torres’ attorney said he maintained his innocence and would appeal his conviction.

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