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Fort Worth man who killed two in six years sentenced to 40 years in prison

Damien Ray Torres
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A Fort Worth man who killed two people in less than six years while he was a teenager was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison, in connection with the latest slaying.

Damien Ray Torres was 14 when he killed his first victim in November 2009.

Police have said Torres was a backseat passenger in a car when he fired at another car on Seminary Drive, missing his intended target but killing a 16-year-old passenger, Zuly Ledesma.

He was tried in a juvenile court and sentenced to 30 years confinement.

After serving just five years, Torres was paroled from a juvenile correctional facility in August 2014 upon turning 19.

He had been out only six months when police say he killed again, this time in a shooting outside a downtown Fort Worth bar.

Ernesto Rodriguez, 26, was standing outside Club Vice, inside The Tower at 250 W. Fifth Street, when he was shot several times Feb. 22.

The shooting is believed to have been prompted by an earlier fight inside the club.

Rodriguez died from his injuries March 2 at a Fort Worth hospital.

That same month, homicide Detectives J. Cedillo and E. Pate linked Torres to the shooting and arrested him on a murder warrant.

Tuesday morning, Torres, now 20, plead guilty to murder in connection with Rodriguez’s death in a exchange for the 40-year prison sentence, court records show.

Deanna Boyd: 817-390-7655, @deannaboyd