Convicted Cop Killer to Spend Decades in Prison

Charfauros will spend decades behind bars even though he didn't fire the fatal shot in Officer Christopher Wilson's death

A convicted cop killer will likely die in prison for the murder of a San Diego police officer on a 2010 raid even though he wasn't the one to fire the fatal shot.

Alex Charfauros was convicted of second degree murder in August for his role in the death of 17-year police veteran Christopher Wilson.

On Monday, he was sentenced to 85 years to life plus 11 years even though prosecutors admit he didn't fire the shot that killed Officer Wilson. Charfauros, in his 20s, will not be up for parole for 96 years.

On Oct. 27, 2010, Officer Chris Wilson was part of a law enforcement team trying to locate a parole violator inside an apartment at 479 S. Meadowbrook Drive.

A man and woman barricaded inside a back bedroom shot Wilson in the head after Wilson kicked down the door with three other officers.

Wilson died in a hospital the next day.

His daughter, Kaylee Wilson, spoke at the sentencing Monday and told Charfauros that his daughter has to go to bed at night knowing her dad killed a hero. Watch Video

Charfauros did not fire the shot that killed Wilson, but lied to police about the potential danger to officers after he was pulled from the apartment.

Before he was sentenced, he told the court, “I am not an evil person... I am not a cop killer." Watch Video

Defense attorneys asked Judge Kenneth So to follow a probation report suggesting Charfauros could be released on probation if he stays on the right path with help from his family.

However, Judge So denied probation and sentenced Charfauros to 25 to life for the death of Officer Wilson and 15 to life on four counts of attempted murder of four other police officers.

All counts will be consecutive so he will spend a total of 85 to life plus five years before his first parole hearing.

Prosecutor Michael Runyon says Charfauros had opportunities to do well, but made bad decisions to get involved with drugs and guns while still in high school. Runyon said even Charfauros' 10-year-old daughter begged him to change his ways.

Investigators believe one of two heavily armed suspects, Holim Lee and Lucky Xayasene, fired the fatal shot in Officer Wilson's death. The two suspects killed themselves before capture, officials said.

Two other people pleaded guilty for their roles in the shooting.

Melissa Ortiz pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. She admitted to investigators that she turned out the light in the back bedroom, giving Lee and Xayasene the advantage against the police.

Patrick Luangrath pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Wilson was survived by his ex-wife Tracy, his daughter Kaylee and son Conner.

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