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Central Islip man sentenced for machete murder, DA says

Santos Torres, of Central Islip, was sentenced Monday

Santos Torres, of Central Islip, was sentenced Monday in the 2016 fatal machete attack on another man, according to the Suffolk district attorney's office. Photo Credit: SCPD

A Central Islip man who authorities said attacked his former girlfriend’s new boyfriend with a machete last year — and caused injuries that the victim died of later — has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the killing, according to a news release issued by Suffolk district attorney’s office.

Santos Torres, 44, of Whitetail Lane was sentenced Monday by Suffolk County Court Judge John J. Toomey to the term more than a year after the Sept. 8, 2016, attack on Jose Hernandez, 39, who was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, but later died, officials said.

Police had said at the time that Hernandez was the current boyfriend of Torres’ former girlfriend and that Torres attacked him with a machete on Bradley Street in Brentwood.

Torres’ attorney could not be reached for comment.

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