SENTENCING FOR CASTILLO MURDER
Earlier today, Sherwin Espinosa, 43 years-old, was sentenced to 40 years to life in state prison for the shooting death of Juan Sebastian Castillo.
On February 26, 2017 at about 5:08 a.m., victim Juan Castillo, an 18-year old male, was found deceased in the 1300 block of 16th Street with a single gunshot wound to the head. Through an extensive investigation conducted by the Santa Monica Police Department, it was determined that Juan Castillo’s death was related to a shooting that occurred at about 12:45 a.m. on February 26, 2017 in the 2100 block of Pico Boulevard. After several months of investigation, Sherwin Espinosa was arrested on May 19, 2017.
On August 21, 2018, following a jury trial, Espinosa was found guilty of 2nd degree murder and the use of a firearm for the murder of Juan Sebastian Castillo.
Espinosa was sentenced to 15 years to life for the murder; and 25 years to life for the weapons enhancement. The terms will be served concurrently.