A Baldwin Hills man faces 40 years in prison for the murder of teen. According to prosecutors, the man shot 18-year-old Juan Castillo to death. Castillo was a recent graduate of Santa Monica High School, where he played football. He served as the team’s captain.
Paramedics found the man’s body on February 26, 2017. The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. Police say that the victim and the suspect had a brief confrontation. The suspect retrieved a gun from his car and shot the victim in the head. Police say that an acquaintance drove the wounded man to an area near the UCLA Medical Center, but left him in the street.
Police arrested the man, who already has a felony conviction, three months after the shooting. During the arrest, police found a pistol that matched witness descriptions of the gun used in the homicide.
The man will return to court on October 12 for sentencing. At that time, he will face a sentence of 40 years to life in prison.
Santa Monica murder attorney
Homicide is the most serious charge you can face in California. When you face homicide charges, your best defense strategy is to hire an experienced murder attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes homicide cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
While California has not executed a prisoner in more than a decade, juries around the country still apply the death penalty in certain cases. Second-degree murder cases don’t result in the death penalty – but they can still produce a life sentence.
Don’t settle for an inexperienced attorney when your life is literally at stake. Instead, hire an experienced attorney who knows what it takes to provide a successful felony defense.
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