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Man Who Killed 16-Year-Old Girlfriend Is Sentenced To 90 Days In Jail

Houston, TX – A 22-year-old man who fatally shot his 16-year-old girlfriend in the face last year will serve just 90 days in jail in connection with her death.

Alexander Valenzuela, then 20, was originally charged with murder in the April 16, 2021 shooting death of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Ciana “CiCi” Castro, KTRK reported.

Valenzuela agreed to plead guilty in October to a reduced charge of aggravated assault on a family member causing serious bodily injury.

Harris County District Court Judge Jason Luong handed down a shockingly lenient sentence on Dec. 13 of 90 days in the Harris County Jail and six years of deferred adjudication community supervision, KTRK reported.

Valenzuela was also ordered to attend at least 45 days of cognitive behavioral treatment at an intermediate sanctions facility, according to the news outlet.

The murdered teen’s parents said they were stunned and outraged when the sentence was handed down, KTRK reported.

Castro’s father had to be removed from the courtroom, the victim’s mother, Dulce Rodriguez, told the news outlet.

Rodriguez said that the judge allowed her to remain in the room, but that she was told she must quiet down.

Valenzuela’s defense attorney, Juan Guerra, said he also has two daughters and that he cannot “imagine the pain” Castro’s family has been going through, KTRK reported.

“A tragedy will never feel justified,” Guerra said. “The Valenzuela family and I pray they find peace.”

The incident occurred at the Valenzuela family’s home in the 11000-block of Smokehollow Court at approximately 6:45 p.m. on April 16, 2021, KHOU reported at the time.

According to court documents, Valenzuela shot Castro in the face and called 911 claiming the shooting was an accident, but investigators noted there were numerous inconsistencies with his account of how the shooting occurred.

Physical evidence recovered at the scene also did not support his claim that the shooting was an accident, according to KTRK.

Investigators said he ultimately refused to cooperate with them, as did his family, KTRK reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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