A California husband who was caught on video assaulting his wife in front of their 9-year-old child has been sentenced to four years in prison.
Miguel Lazaro Castillo, 38, received the maximum sentence allowed by law on Friday after pleading no contest in October to misdemeanor charges of felony domestic violence, false imprisonment and child abuse. It was declared.
The charges stem from a tragic incident on the morning of October 9, when the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from one of Lazaro Castillo’s children. Statement from the Yuba County District Attorney’s Office.
Police rushed to the family’s home and found Lazaro Castillo sitting on top of his wife, who was lying face down on the floor strewn with bloody napkins.
The couple’s three children, ages 9, 14 and 15, were at home at the time.
During the investigation, investigators learned that Lazaro Castillo’s youngest son had videotaped the brutal assault on his mother.
The recording, which lasted more than six minutes, showed the married father repeatedly punching his wife in the face and head.
Prosecutors said one of Lazaro Castillo’s daughters tried to shield her mother from the blow by putting her hand over her.
However, Lazaro Castillo reportedly continued to assault the girl, slapping her on the leg, forcing her face down and pressing her face into the carpet for “an extended period of time.”
Lazaro Castillo initially denied abusing his wife, claiming he had “no idea where all the blood came from.”
Authorities said it was later determined that the husband, wife, and one minor child were intoxicated.
Deputies took the three children into protective custody and arrested Lazaro Castillo.
“Despite Lazaro Castillo having no prior criminal record, he received the maximum sentence for a felony domestic violence offense due to the brutality of his actions and his complete disregard for his children,” prosecutors said.