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For Bronx Murder of Arias in 2011 Castillo Pleads Guilty 10 Days Before Trial in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, July 5 – Michael Castillo is accused of murder for hire, of Hector Arias in 712 East Gun Hill Road on March 10, 2011.  

The complaint says Castillo and Arias were rivals selling marijuana around 193rd Street and Broadway. The government argues that his conviction for marijuana possession is admissible as 404(b) evidence.   

 On July 5, 2021, Inner City Press reported
that a trial approaches on July 19 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl. Inner City Press is following the case.  

Now on July 9, ten days before trial, MICHAEL CASTILLO, a/k/a “Squirrel,” pled guilty today in Manhattan federal court in connection with the March 10, 2011, murder of Hector Arias in the Bronx, New York.  U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl accepted the defendant’s guilty plea.   CASTILLO is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge Koeltl on October 15, 2021, at 10:00 am.

  The case is US v. Torres, 19-cr-428 (Koeltl)


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