Gang Member Sentenced for 2006 Killing of Oceanside Officer

Dan Bessant is seen in an image posted by the Oceanside Police Department to Facebook in December 2016.

Dan Bessant is seen in an image posted by the Oceanside Police Department to Facebook in December 2016.

A gang member involved in an ambush shooting that killed an Oceanside police officer in 2006 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The San Diego Union-Tribune says 28-year-old Jose Compre was sentenced Friday for the 2006 killing of Officer Dan Bessant during a traffic stop.

Prosecutors say Compre and two other gang members — who were teenagers at the time — watched the traffic stop from about a half-block away and decided to ambush the 25-year-old officer, who was shot in the heart.

The other attackers were convicted of murder several years ago but a judge dismissed the case against Compre for lack of evidence. He was rearrested and charged with murder in 2016 based on additional evidence.

Compre pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter.

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