Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office releases statement on Marvin Torres

Press release from the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office:

Mr. Marvin Torres was taken into custody by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office on May 4, 2017, and convicted for Indecent Liberties with a Minor on Oct. 28, 2019. He was sentenced to time served by Judge Thornburg and released from the Buncombe County Detention Facility on Oct. 29.

Mr. Torres was in the custody of the Buncombe County Detention Center for more than two years with the full knowledge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). During that time ICE sent a detainer request, but failed to secure an arrest warrant, and therefore Mr. Torres met the conditions of his release set forth by the judicial system.

Sheriff Miller’s policy on 287g and ICE detainers has remained consistent regarding the need for a warrant signed by a judicial official in order for an individual to be detained in the Buncombe County Detention Facility.

“If ICE is aware of an individual that they have determined to be a danger to the public safety of Buncombe County then ICE should obtain a warrant for their arrest. Once that warrant has been secured my Deputies will work to apprehend that individual.” – Sheriff Quentin Miller

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