By: Yuritza Arroyo
Authorities in Bergen County announced that on March 31, Raul Torres of North Bergen, and Carlos Burgos of Jersey City, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, and weapons offenses in connection with the death of David Duque Soto in Fairview on June 29, 2019.
According to officials, Torres and Burgos are the latest defendants to plead guilty in this multi-defendant case. Last month, a jury convicted David Martinez of felony murder for his role in this shooting, and he is scheduled for sentencing on April 28.
Officials say Lexie Burke previously pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, robbery, and conspiracy to commit robbery, with the State recommending a sentence of up to 30 years in New Jersey State Prison (“NJSP”).
Torres and Burgos also stand to be sentenced to 30 years in NJSP, subject to the No Early Release Act, as a condition of their plea.
According to authorities, on June 29, 2019, Torres and Burgos were co-conspirators and principals to a pre-planned armed robbery of David Duque Soto at his home located in the 200s block of 4th Street in Fairview.
Authorities say during this armed robbery, Duque Soto was shot and subsequently died of his injuries.
Burgos and Torres pled guilty to entering the apartment armed with loaded handguns and shooting their weapons at the victim.