60-year prison sentence for man found guilty of murder in 2019 deadly shooting

Christopher Bustos faced up to life in prison

SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County jury on Wednesday handed down a 60-year prison sentence for a man convicted of murder for a 2019 fatal shooting.

The sentencing comes a day after the same jury in the 227th District Court found him guilty.

Christopher Bustos, 40, was charged with the Oct. 7, 2019, murder of Gumesindo Gonzales, 36 — a friend of Bustos’ ex-girlfriend.

Sentencing ranged from 5 to 99 years or life in prison.

According to testimony, Bustos went looking for his ex-girlfriend, who was at Gonzales’s house.

At some point, Bustos showed up and opened fire, hitting Gonzales in the chest.

In closing arguments on Tuesday, the defense said that none of the evidence shown during the trial proved Bustos was the shooter. The state said gunshot residue and shell casings found in Bustos’ truck and eyewitness testimony were enough for a guilty verdict.

Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales said he hopes the family of Gonzales can find some peace after the conclusion of this case.

“Christopher Bustos needlessly and coldly murdered Gumesindo Gonzales for no apparent reason,” Gonzales said. “Justice has been served. Our thoughts are with the Gonzales family. We hope they can now find some comfort in the closure of this case.”

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