Castillo, charged with murder, changes his plea

Jesus Adan Castillo and his defense attorney, Stevan Thompson, appeared in court on Wednesday for a change of plea hearing. Castillo is charged with first degree murder.
By: 
LESLIE MIELKE
Staff Writer

Jesus Adan Castillo, 23, from Blackfoot changed his plea to guilty before District Judge Dane Watkins Jr. on Wednesday. Castillo admitted guilt in the death of a child under 12.
He plead guilty to first degree murder in the death of 17-month old Zachary Tendoy. The boy was born on August 29, 2015, and died on March 23, 2017.
"What makes you guilty?" asked Watkins.
Castillo answered, "I was intoxicated; I got angry and irritated and struck out (at the boy). He hit his head and died of a head injury."
In the plea agreement, the prosecution will request 15-years fixed and could argue for life in prison. This is a non-binding plea agreement.
Castillo's sentencing is scheduled at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018.
For the full story, see the Thursday, Nov. 30, edition of the Morning News.

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