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Galveston County District Attorney's Office
News Release
Thursday, September 28, 2017

Man Sentenced to 11 Years for Domestic Violence
September 27, 2017

GALVESTON – Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady announced on Wednesday that Carlos Luis Compean, 39, was sentenced yesterday to 11 years in prison for Assault Causing Bodily Injury Involving Family Violence - Enhanced.

On Monday, September 25, 2017 Compean’s jury trial began in the 56th District Court. Compean was arrested in November 2016 and charged with felony assault because he had a prior conviction for assault involving family violence. 

On November 12, 2016, Galveston Police Department officers were dispatched to a disturbance at a local bar. The victim told officers that she was at the bar with friends when Compean approached her from behind, giving her a “bear hug.” When she realized who it was she pushed him off. A minor disturbance was caused and Compean was asked to leave the bar. Compean asked the victim to step outside with him so they could talk. Once outside, Compean accused the victim of talking to other men. He then slapped the victim across the face and grabbed her. Compean ran off when others approached.

Compean was arrested a few days later and charged with a third degree felony Assault Involving Family Violence because of a prior assault conviction that involved family violence. The victim testified that the she and Compean had dated for several months but she ended the relationship months before the night of the assault. The State also present evidence of Compean’s conviction in 2014 for Assault Involving Family Violence.

The jury heard closing arguments Monday afternoon and retired to deliberate. They returned about 30 minutes later with a guilty verdict. The punishment phase began Tuesday morning. Compean faced a punishment range of 2 to 20 years in prison because of one felony enhancement; a 1997 conviction for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

During the punishment phase, the State presented evidence of the felony enhancement conviction and evidence that Compean had a multitude of other convictions, both felony and misdemeanor. Compean has three prior convictions for Assault Involving Family Violence: 2000, 2014, and 2015. Compean also had three additional felony convictions: Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance in 2003, Theft from a Person in 2009, and Possession of Marijuana in 2010. The jury took 5 hours to deliberate before returning with its punishment verdict of 11 years, in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Compean will have to serve at least one-fourth of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

Compean was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Tiffany Myers and Matt Shawhan in the 56th District Court, with Judge Lonnie Cox presiding. The investigation was conducted by the Galveston Police Department.




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