Braulio Castillo, the Ashburn technology CEO convicted Monday of first-degree murder in the 2014 death of his estranged wife, was sentenced by a Loudoun County jury Tuesday to life plus 16 years in prison.
Castillo, 50, claimed that Michelle Castillo, 43, had committed suicide in her home on Belmont Station Drive when her body was found on March 20, 2014. The couple, with five children, were divorcing and Michelle Castillo had obtained a protective order banning her husband from the house because of his abusive behavior.
The jury deliberated for about three hours Tuesday before imposing a life sentence on the murder charge, 15 years for burglary and one year for violating the protective order. Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Stephen E. Sincavage scheduled sentencing for Oct. 6, where he can impose, suspend or reduce the jury’s sentence, but not increase it. Castillo’s lawyers said they would appeal.
— Tom Jackman