After just one day of deliberations, a Loudoun jury tonight found Braulio M. Castillo guilty of first degree murder in the March 19, 2014, death of his estranged wife, Michelle.
After sitting through five weeks of testimony, the jury took about 10 hours to reach its verdict in the case.
Castillo, who had been free on a $2 million bond, was taken into custody following the verdict. He will be back in Loudoun County Circuit Court tomorrow morning, when the jury will be called back to recommend a sentence. He faces 20 years to life in prison on the murder conviction.
He also was found guilty of breaking and entering and violating a protective order.
Evidence in the case was that Castillo entered his wife’s home and strangled her in her bedroom, while their children were asleep down the hall. He then took her body to a basement bathroom and make it appear that she hanged herself in the shower. The couple was in the final stages of getting a divorce.
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