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Orange City Man Sentenced For Auto Theft

Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man will be spending some time in a Residential Treatment Facility after he was sentenced for stealing a car earlier this year.

According to court records, 24-year-old Joseph Castillo was charged with Second-Degree Theft, after Orange City Police Officers accused him of stealing a 2005 Buick Lesabre from the Casey’s parking lot in Orange City on March 27th. He was also charged with being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Officers say he was in possession of and discharged a 9mm Beretta in Orange City on that same date.

Castillo entered an Alford plea to the Second Degree Theft charge, and as part of a plea agreement, the firearm charge was dismissed.

He was sentenced to a suspended five-year prison sentence, fines, surcharges, costs, and other penalties and stipulations. The sentence is to run consecutively to a sentence in a Plymouth County case, meaning that one will start after the other if he ends up serving the prison sentence. Castillo will serve three years’ probation and must complete evaluations and a victim empathy course. He was also ordered to the custody of a Residential Treatment Facility.

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