A man convicted in December of sexually assaulting his estranged wife at knifepoint was ordered by a judge to serve not less than 15 nor more than 35 years in prison Thursday.
Ruben Castillo, 37, of Martinsburg, also was sentenced Thursday by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge John C. Yoder to 12-month and one-year sentences and fined a total of $750 for two related misdemeanor convictions, but was credited for time already served since the Jan. 30, 2012, incident.
Castillo was found guilty of one felony count of first-degree sexual assault and misdemeanor counts of domestic battery and violation of a protective order at the culmination of a three-day jury trial on Dec. 13, according to court documents and Berkeley County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory K. Jones.
Upon being released from prison, Castillo will be placed on supervised release for 15 years, Yoder ordered.
The defendant also must register as a sexual offender for the rest of his life.
Police alleged the assault occurred after the defendant’s estranged wife arrived home from Walmart to discover him there, according to court documents.
Police had said he grabbed and beat her and then held her against her will while holding an old kitchen knife in the assault, according to court documents.
— Matthew Umstead