On Friday, a judge sentenced Wildred Pica-Torres in Broome County Court to 45, to 70 years to life in state prison for second-degree murder and first-degree arson related to February 9 incident on Walnut Street in Binghamton that caused the death of Victor Banayan, a resident of the apartment building. Broome County Court Judge Kevin Dooley issued the sentenced Pica-Torres to consecutive penalties of 25 years to life for second-degree murder, 25 years for attempted murder and 20 years for arson.
Pica-Torres was found guilty by a Broome County jury in August. The fire was February 9. According to the indictment, Pica-Torres did intentionally cause a fire to a building located at 109 Walnut St., Binghamton, and such fire caused the death of Victor Banayan, 61, according to a news release at the time from the Broome County District Attorney’s Office.
WILFREDO PICA-TORRES, DOB: 09/05/1973
- 125.25 Murder, in the second degree, a Class A-I Felony;
- 150.20 Arson, in the first degree, a Class A-I Felony;
- 110.00 125.25 Attempted Murder, in the second degree, a Class B Felony;
- 150.15 Arson, in the second degree, a Class B Felony (two counts).