Racketeering convictions of LA grocer dismissed

June 9, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A federal judge has dismissed two of the most serious convictions in a racketeering case against the founder of a Southern California grocery chain. U.S. attorney's spokesman Thom Mrozek says the judge on Tuesday tossed out racketeering and conspiracy convictions against George Torres, founder of the Numero Uno stores. Torres was ordered released on $1 million bond.

The judge's order came after federal prosecutors discovered jailhouse recordings containing potentially exculpatory statements made by a witness in the case.

Torres was convicted of 55 felony counts in April and had faced a potential life sentence. He now faces a shorter sentence.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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