A 42-year-old man who killed his mother during an argument in her South Buffalo home was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison.
Froilan Torres, of Rochester, was visiting Gloria Rivera, 57, on Oct. 9. Family members said Torres and his fiancee planned to move back to Buffalo and live near Rivera's home at 1704 South Park Ave. An argument started when Rivera told Torres to leave her house, according to authorities, and he responded by striking his mother several times with a vase. She was taken to Mercy Hospital, where she later died from a heart attack.
Torres pleaded guilty April 5 to first-degree manslaughter.
Prosecutor Gary W. Hackbush told Judge Sheila A. DiTullio that Torres's siblings are torn between love for their brother and wanting to see justice for their mother. Defense attorney John Gilmour echoed that, and added, "He wants his family to know if he could take it back, he would."