by: MARION COUNTY JAIL - Mateo Torres-MoralesA grand jury has indicted a Woodburn man for the Aug. 4 murder of Pedro Bravo-Luna.

Mateo Torres-Morales, 27, was transferred from federal custody into the Marion County Jail Monday where he is being held without bail.

The alleged murder occurred during Fiesta Mexicana weekend in a parking lot near the Victorian Apartments on James Street in Woodburn.

Both the victim and the alleged attacker were migrant farmworkers, said Joe Hollander, deputy district attorney who is handling the case.

“There were people in a parking lot standing around and drinking beer,” Hollander said. “At some point in time, there ended up being a disagreement and there was a fight between a number of people. (Bravo-Luna) ended up being stabbed.”

Torres-Morales could serve life in prison if found guilty of murder with a mandatory minimum sentence of 300 months, or 25 years. He had been in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold until Monday.

The same grand jury also returned an indictment against Juan Torres-Santizo for attempted murder, attempted assault and unlawful use of a weapon against Antonio Segundo, a friend of Bravo-Luna. Segundo was not injured in the attempt, Hollander said.

Torres-Santizo faces a maximum sentence of 20 years for attempted murder and five years for each of his other charges, Hollander said. He remains in Marion County Jail without the possibility of bail.

Two others, Felipe Torres-Morales and Gaspar Torres-Morales remain in custody as material witnesses. They could legally be held until the end of the trial before being transferred back to federal custody, Hollander said. Their bail has been set at $500,000 each, he said.

“It’s been an extremely excellent cooperation between the state government and the federal government,” Hollander said.

The next court appearance for Torres-Morales and Torres-Santizo will be Sept. 23 at 8:30am at the Marion County Courthouse.

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