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Judge Flores denies state’s motion to revoke bond

Convict on probation The Hidalgo County DA’s Office wanted Isaiah Victor Castillo’s bond revoked last week, his probation for a felony manslaughter conviction tossed so that he could be sent to prison for the remainder of his six-year sentence, of which he has a little less than five years remaining. State District Court Judge Bobby Flores (the 139th ), however, in whose court Castillo pleaded guilty to manslaughter last October (2018), denied the state’s motion and ruled that Castillo may remain free on probation. The bond-revocation hearing took place last Thursday, Oct. 31. Last October, Castillo pleaded guilty to manslaughter tied to a June 2018 shooting in McAllen that left one of his friends dead. At the time of the shooting, Castillo was 17. Originally, he told police investigators that the .22-calibre rifle had discharged after he had accidentally dropped it. His story was later changed – the two friends had been playing with the loaded rifle, thinking that the safety was on, when Castillo lightly pulled the trigger and the gun discharged an unintended bullet into the victim’s chest. Rather than risk trial, Castillo pleaded guilty to the manslaughter charge and was handed a six-year probated sentence, minus the 120 days he had already served awaiting trial. The court admonished him to remain on the straight and narrow while on probation. According to the state, not only did Castillo burgle a vehicle this past August, for which county Court-at-Law Judge Albert Garcia sentenced him to less than six months for the misdemeanor charge, but he also failed countless times to live up to the conditions of his six-year, second-degree felony sentence related to manslaughter. He failed three drug tests this summer, never paid any court-related fines and/ or costs, didn’t complete his mandated community service (240 hours), didn’t finish his court-ordered drug-and-alcohol education classes, and failed to show up in Flores’s court numerous times earlier this year for status hearings. He failed his last court hearing (youthful offender) Aug. 8, 2019, two days after McAllen cops say he burgled a sitting vehicle. On a court document signed Oct. 31, the same day last week when the state was trying to argue in favor of bond revocation, the defendant, Isaiah Victor Castillo, signed a form admitting that he was guilty of violating his conditions of probation – no drug/alcohol class attendance, etc., no community service. According to the state, enough is enough. Revoke Castillo’s probation and send him ...

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