The Loudoun County jury that convicted Braulio Castillo of first-degree murder on Monday has recommended that he be sentenced to life plus 16 years in prison.
The jury deliberated for about three hours before returning its recommendation on Tuesday. Castillo was convicted of first-degree murder of his estranged wife, burglary and violating a protective order when he entered his former Ashburn home on March, 19, 2014, after being prohibited. Following a neighbor’s call, Loudoun County Sheriff’s deputies found Michelle Castillo dead in her home the next day and hanging in a basement shower.
Loudoun Circuit Court Judge Stephen E. Sincavage set sentencing for Oct. 6. At that time the judge can implement the jury’s sentence, suspend or reduce it. Castillo’s defense attorney, Peter Greenspun, said he would appeal the convictions.