Compian sentenced to 50 years to life for shooting man

Raul Hernandez (Ventura County Star) | July 31, 2012

A judge Tuesday sentenced Alex Compian to 50 years to life in prison after his conviction in June for shooting Mario Cisneros in 2009 outside his house in Oxnard.

The sentence came after relatives of Cisneros’, including his widow, Connie, made statements to the court about how Cisneros’ killing had taken an emotional toll on his family.

A tearful Connie Cisneros told Ventura County Superior Court Judge Charles Campbell that her husband loved the outdoors, fishing, walks to the park, bike rides, the ocean and family barbecues.

“But most of all he loved his music,” she said.

She said she misses his laughter, hugs and questions about how her day went.

“Since his passing, I have not had a full night’s sleep,” Connie Cisneros said. “Mario should be here to hug his daughters or any of his kids.”

His daughter Danielle Cisneros wept and said the stress and depression — to the point that life didn’t seem like it was worth continuing — have sometimes been overwhelming since her father died.

She said she had promised her father she would go to college.

“He will not be here to see me graduate from college,” she said.

Compian’s lawyer Willard Wiksell said he was very sorry for what happened to the Cisneros family.

Compian’s family and friends also wept and sobbed during the sentencing.

Prosecutor Rameen Minoui asked Campbell to give Compian the mandatory 50 years to life sentence, saying Compian has had 31 major disciplinary reports at the county jail since his arrest.

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