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Convicted killer linked to 2005 high profile murders in Zion

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The audio tapes are haunting. A convicted killer describes various methods of killing.

"They start choking, they start stroking, and they start kicking. I had to do this for a while. Like at least two minutes, “said Jorge Torrez to a jailhouse inmate who was secretly recording him. “After they pass out, if you let them go, they are going to come back to life. You have to hold them down for at least two minutes to make sure they are dead."

Those words came back to bite Torrez during the murder trial of Amanda Snell, a naval officer killed in Virginia. A jury convicted him of the crime and unanimously agreed to sentence him to death. A judge is expected to sign off on the verdict later this month.

Prosecutors said DNA from Snell’s murder, and other sexual assaults of women, link Torrez to the brutal murders of two girls from Zion -- Laura Hobbs and Krystal Tobias.

Both victims, 8 and 9, were stabbed repeatedly and left to die in Beulah Park on Mother’s Day in 2005.

“This is one of the most horrific cases we've ever seen in Lake County history,” said Ari Fisz, Chief of The Felony Division for the Lake County State’s Attorney.

Initially, Jerry Hobbs, the father of Laura, confessed to the crime. He later said his confession was coerced. DNA evidence cleared him of the murders. He later filed a civil lawsuit and settled for $8-million.

Hobbs now lives in Texas and was unavailable for comment.

"They are very happy that it's been resolved and that they got him and are using those admissions. But what they went through can never be fixed," Hobbs’ attorney, Kathleen Zellner said.

Lake County’s State’s Attorney hopes Torrez will be in their custody by the year’s end.

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