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Castroville Jury Finds Alberto Cortez Guilty In 2011 Murder Of Jose Cisneros

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A 22-year-old Castroville man is facing 50 years to life in prison after a Monterey County jury convicted him on Friday in a three-year-old murder case.

According to Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo, Alberto Cortez shot and killed 19-year-old Jose Cisneros on May 7, 2011 on Haight Street in Castroville.

Security video footage of the shooting, recorded at a nearby residence, was instrumental in obtaining Friday’s conviction, Flippo said.

Flippo said the footage shows Cisneros raising his hands in surrender before being shot by Cortez.

Sentencing for Cortez is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Cortez was also convicted of being a member of the Norteno street gang.

According to Flippo, Cortez’s fellow gang member, Fernando Miranda, 26, of Castroville, drove Cortez to the scene and acted as a lookout during the murder.

Miranda was on active parole for a gang crime at the time of the murder and records from his GPS bracelet helped police place him at the scene, Flippo said.

Miranda pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, and gang enhancements in connection with this case.

He now faces 42 years, 4 months in prison as a part of his plea, Flippo said.

Miranda’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 17.

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