Life in Prison for the Murder of Diana Alvarez

Jorge Manuel Guerrero Torres has been adjudicated guilty and sentenced to life in prison, for the kidnapping and murder of 9-year-old Diana Alvarez.

“This life sentence, which is one of two potential sentences he faced, ensures that this monster will be in prison to stay, with no automatic appeals and the alleviation of many potential post-conviction filings. The tragedy and heinous acts surrounding Diana’s death do not have to be relived in court by her family any longer,” said State Attorney Amira Fox.

Today’s sentence comes after critical statements made by the defendant about his interactions with the victim and knowledge of the crime, were suppressed by the judge. Thus, they were inadmissible as evidence during trial.

State Attorney Amira Fox, Assistant State Attorney, Special Victims Unit Chief Francine Donnorummo, and Assistant State Attorney Natalie Savino prosecuted the case.

Diana disappeared from her San Carlos Park home in May 2016 resulting in an immediate response by law enforcement, locally, regionally, and nationally, to find her.

“It is important to acknowledge that law enforcement, particularly the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, did an excellent job, in a very difficult situation. They dedicated countless hours of investigation to this case, realizing the life of an innocent child was hanging in the balance. Their work showed an unwavering determination to find a little girl and bring her home, as well as to bring closure to a grieving family,” said State Attorney Fox.

Diana’s remains were located in 2020, in a wooded area of Osceola County.

The defendant was identified early on as a possible suspect as he had recently been living at the victim’s home but was asked to leave, just prior to her disappearance.

Guerrero Torres was arrested in 2017 for the crime by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. He was indicted by the Lee County Grand Jury in 2018 and the State Attorney’s Office filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty.

“This case is not just a number; the victim is not just a photograph. From the very start of this case, the focus has been on Diana and for justice to be done. I hope she can rest in peace now that this defendant has been sentenced to serve the rest of his life in prison. He is a monster who preyed on an innocent little girl who should have been safe in her own home,” said State Attorney Fox.

Samantha Syoen – Communications Director, State Attorney’s Office