Man, 19, receives probation following assault

Published 2:15pm Saturday, July 20, 2013

A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 20 years of probation Friday for assaulting an Albert Lea resident, taking multiple items from his home and then fleeing.

Adrian Castillo Jr.
Adrian Castillo Jr.

If Adrian Castillo Jr. of Albert Lea violates his probation he faces a potential sentence of four years and nine months in prison.

According to court documents, the aggravated robbery took place May 1, 2012, at a residence at 1221 St. Joseph Ave. Castillo reportedly pointed a rifle at a victim and then struck him with it, before taking a 32-inch flat-screen TV, an Xbox, controllers and games and then assaulting him again.

The victim had injuries to the left side of his face and was transported to Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea.

When officers found Castillo, he was arrested on a probation violation and possession of cocaine.

The stolen items were found after police obtained a search warrant and searched his house.

The sentencing came Friday after Castillo pleaded guilty in October to one count of aggravated robbery. The plea was classified as a Norgaard plea, in which a defendant asserts he could not remember essential elements of the offense but pleads guilty because the record establishes sufficient evidence to obtain a conviction.

Freeborn County District Court Judge Steve Schwab gave credit to Castillo for one year and 80 days spent in the Freeborn County jail and also ordered him to complete 40 hours of community service.

He must pay $2,145 in restitution.