Man found guilty of attempted murder of estranged wife sentenced to 10 years probation

Punishment phase begins Friday morning

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SAN ANTONIOUPDATE: A man found guilty of attempted capital murder was sentenced to 10 years probation Friday afternoon. 

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After deliberating for just over two hours Thursday, jurors found a man guilty of attempted murder of his estranged wife.

On an August night in 2010, Thomas Castillo, 36, attacked his estranged wife Carol Sanchez, 39, and her lover, Rogelio Nava, after finding them in bed together.

Nava was killed in the knife attack, and Sanchez suffered life-threatening injuries, but survived.

In 2013, Castillo was found not guilty of capital murder in Nava’s death.

During closing arguments, prosecutors reminded the jury of the threats Sanchez said Castillo had made.

“'I’m going to kill you.' It doesn’t get any more clear than that,” prosecutor Marissa Giovenco told the jury Castillo had said. “He made that threat six to eight hours before he actually tried to kill her.”

Castillo’s lawyer, Mark Stevens, argued that his client had no intent to kill Sanchez and that he “lost it and acted irrationally."

“A conviction of Thomas Castillo for a crime he did not commit is not justice,” Stevens said.

Castillo is facing a punishment range of two to 20 years in prison. The punishment phase of his trial begins Friday morning.

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