A man who was angry with his estranged girlfriend because she was seeing another man was sentenced to 55 years in prison Thursday for running over their 2-year-old son, then trying to kill the woman and her new boyfriend.
Dane County Circuit Judge Ellen Berz said the woman, Maria Castillo-Castillo, worried in a victim impact statement that one day, her former boyfriend, Jesus Castillo-Dimas, would get out of prison “and finish what he started and kill me.”
“You will not get the opportunity to finish what you started,” Berz told Castillo-Dimas, 32, before giving him what will likely be a life sentence.
He is also in custody on a federal immigration hold and would be deported if ever released from prison.
Castillo-Dimas pleaded no contest in April to first-degree reckless homicide for the death of his son, Yandel Castillo-Castillo. He also pleaded no contest to attempted first-degree intentional homicide for striking and then stabbing Maria Castillo-Castillo and to second-degree reckless endangerment for trying to stab her boyfriend, Miguel Menendez-Ruvalcaba.
Assistant District Attorney Mary Ellen Karst said that events leading up to Yandel’s death had started long before the fatal moment, when Castillo-Castillo left Castillo-Dimas, who then began to incessantly call her.
On July 9, 2012, Castillo-Castillo, Yandel and Menendez-Ruvalcaba had gone to lunch, but as they returned to the Fitchburg apartment where Castillo-Castillo was living they realized that Castillo-Dimas was following them. They thought they eluded him, Karst said, but there was a confrontation in the parking lot of the apartment building.
As Castillo-Castillo led Yandel by the hand toward the apartment, Castillo-Dimas accelerated and hit them, sending Castillo-Castillo onto a rock wall, while Yandel went under the truck. He was crushed as Castillo-Dimas backed up, then accelerated at Castillo-Castillo again.
Castillo-Dimas then got out of the truck and repeatedly stabbed Castillo-Castillo. She who was rescued by Menendez-Ruvalcaba who wrestled the weapon away and held Castillo-Dimas for police.
Castillo-Dimas’ lawyer, Victor Arellano, argued that Castillo-Dimas struck Yandel by accident because he couldn’t see the small boy over the front of his SUV. He said that Castillo-Dimas was shattered on realizing that he had killed his son.
But Berz said that Castillo-Dimas should have known that Yandel would be near his mother, whom he intended to hit with the SUV. That in itself was a reckless act, she said.
Berz said that it was merciful that Castillo-Castillo was unconscious while her son was run over, because she didn’t see it happen, as Menendez-Ruvalcaba did. But it doesn’t make Yandel’s death any less difficult for her.
“We can be confident that when she closes her eyes at night, her imagination takes her to the depths of hell,” Berz said.
She called Castillo-Dimas a “coward” for his actions, and questioned his manhood for attacking a woman unable to defend herself against a large vehicle.
“You do not own her,” Berz said. “She can be with whomever she chooses to be with. That does not justify your behavior.”