BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A former federal officer charged in the killings of three people in a two-day shooting rampage in May 2016 will serve four consecutive life sentences.
“He’ll die in jail,” said John McCarthy, Montgomery County State’s Attorney. “He will never walk the streets again. And he will die in jail.”
Eulalio Tordil, 63, learned his fate Friday after pleading guilty in April to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two strangers he shot in Montgomery County while running from police, the day after killing his estranged wife in a Prince George’s County school parking lot.
Tordil kept his head down, not watching as slideshows of his victims were played in court. His fate sealed as defense attorneys labeled him a serial killer.
He also pleaded guilty in June to charges related to the killing of 44-year-old Gladys Tordil. She was shot as she waited to pick up her daughters outside High Point High School in Prince George’s County.
The former federal officer launched a two-day murder spree in May 2016. Starting with the murder of his wife and the shooting of another person in Prince George’s Co.
Then, hours later, he gunned down four random people in Montgomery County shopping centers. Killing a loving father of two – 45-year-old Malcom Winffel, and a single mom picking up milk at the grocery store- 65-year-old Claudina Molina.
Police say Winffel was shot as he came to the aid of woman Tordil tried to carjack in the parking lot of Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda.
Molina was shot later that day, in the parking lot of the Giant grocery store in Aspen Hill. Police believe Tordil was trying to take her SUV.
All of it, the court says, sparked by financial trouble and a restraining order filed by his wife.
Attorneys painted a picture of Tordil’s life unraveling and disturbing letters he wrote in the months leading up to those two tragic days.
“He was apologizing in advance to the innocent people he might kill,” McCarthy said. “He knew what he was about, he wrote about what he was about, the executions took place over 2 days. The thoughts and the plannings went in for weeks.”
In court, Malcom Winffeld’s widow, Norma, described her heartbreak, telling the judge, “Our bad days have become numerous, but we are surviving.”
Surviving, families say, but each day haunted by the tragic murder of their loved ones.
The man behind the random, violent attacks, now spending the rest of his days behind bars.