Man convicted in girl’s death pleads guilty to federal charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man who murdered 4-year-old Lilly Garcia in a fit of road rage could be going away for another eight years.

Tony Torrez was in federal court Thursday to plead guilty in another case. Lilly’s parents were there too.

Lilly Garcia’s parents say they will be there every step of the way to make sure their daughter’s killer pays for what he did.

It was another tough day for the parents of 4-year-old Lilly Garcia as they once again had to face the man who forever changed their lives in a fit of road rage along I-40.

“Tony Torrez was a thug. Tony Torrez had multiple arrests dating back to 2015 and he always got away with it, he always thought he would get away with it. He took my precious daughter, he took my precious Lilly. We will go every step of the way to make sure he pays for what he did,” said Veronica Rael-Garcia, Lilly’s mother.

Thursday, Torrez was in federal court pleading guilty to drug and gun charges. They stem from what investigators found in Torrez’ house and car after he was arrested for the murder.

They found marijuana, cocaine, guns and $64,000 in cash.

“It’s still sad, the only reason he is being guilty of these charges because he shot my daughter, he would have never been caught before,” Rael-Garcia said.

Thursday, they learned Torrez will face up to eight more years behind bars.

“I wish it was more. I think there is never enough time for any of it, but we are thankful that at least it will be a little more time and not on the streets hurting anyone else,” Rael-Garcia said.

Lilly’s parents say each hearing is hard, but it’s important they be here every step of the way.

“Now I don’t have her, we don’t have her. We’re trying to move forward and we are going to make change because of her,” she said.

Torrez will be officially sentenced at a later time. He will have to serve the federal sentence after serving his 16 year sentence for the murder.

He can earn good time on the murder charge, so he could be done with that in about 12 years. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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