Bristol man pleads guilty in wife's murder

Published on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 12:22
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

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BRISTOL - A Bristol man could be sentenced as early as December in the killing of his wife.

Eddie Torres, 40, took a plea bargain in New Britain Superior Court last week, pleading guilty to one count each of murder and possessing a weapon in a correctional institution. 

Torres, who is being held on $3 million bond, admitted to killing his wife, Jessica Rivera, who was 39 years old when she was stabbed numerous times on Jan. 7, 2020. She died of her injuries shortly after midnight after being taken to St. Francis Hospital, in Hartford. 

According to police, the Vance Drive couple was dog sitting for a family member at an apartment at 7 Pardee St. when Torres stabbed his wife a number of times. He drove to the police department shortly after 9 p.m. following the assault and confessed to the officer at the front desk, saying “I kill my wife,” while making a stabbing gesture with his hand, according to police reports.

Rivera, police reports say, left the Pardee Street apartment covered in blood and sought help from someone in a neighboring unit. When allowed inside the apartment, she collapsed on the floor and received medical treatment from police and medics after a resident called 911.

Rivera was rushed to St. Francis, where doctors performed surgery on her up until she was pronounced dead around 12:15 a.m. Three of her stab wounds punctured her heart.

The weapon charge Torres pleaded guilty to stems from an incident in February at the Hartford Correctional Center, where he was seen with a makeshift knife during an altercation, according to the warrant for his arrest. State police noted in the warrant that the instrument was capable of causing serious injury or death if used in a slicing or stabbing motion. 

According to the warrant, the makeshift knife was a 7-inch, green piece of plastic that was sharpened to a point at one end. At the other end was a hand grip made of strips of bed sheet, tightly wrapped around it.

According to state police, Torres and another inmate prompted a code blue in HCC on Feb. 2 because of a physical altercation. After the two inmates were separated, correctional officers found the makeshift knife.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Wednesday, 21 September 2022 12:22. Updated: Wednesday, 21 September 2022 12:25.