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Antelope Valley man sentenced in 2003 shooting death

An Antelope Valley man was sentenced April 28, 2004, to state prison for the May 2003 shooting death of John Louis Regos, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Victor Ransom, 57, was sentenced to 66 2/3 years to life in prison and ordered to pay $38,000 in restitution for killing Regos.

In February, Ransom was convicted of first-degree murder, assault with a semiautomatic firearm and dissuading a witness.

Regos, 53, was shot and killed May 25, 2003, near Ransom’s home in the 3100 block of West Mildwood Court in Lancaster. He was at the Lancaster house with his teenage son and daughter helping his ex-wife Mary Regos move out of the home she shared with Ransom.

Deputy Dist. Atty. William Johnson said the relationship between Ransom and Mary Regos had deteriorated and she had decided to move out. Ransom, who initially was away from the home, returned, retrieved a semiautomatic handgun and ran toward Regos, whom he spotted several houses away. He “executed the victim” with a single shot to the head, Johnson added.

Ransom was arrested at the scene.

-- Maloy Moore

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