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An Idaho road-rage motorist who shot another driver last year after being flipped off has been sentenced to at least 10 years in prison, KTVB-TV reported.
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Rolando Castillo, 42, followed another driver and fired a gunshot into that driver's vehicle on July 13, 2022, striking the driver in his shoulder and hand, the station said.
The Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney's Office said the victim gave the finger to Castillo after Castillo ran a stop sign in Nampa, KTVB said.
The wounded driver went home, called 911, and was treated at a hospital, the station said.
Canyon County deputies arrested Castillo a short time later after deputies found his vehicle near Karcher Road and Caldwell Boulevard, KTVB said.
Following a short pursuit, one of the deputies shot Castillo "after he aggressively exited the vehicle," the station said, citing the prosecutor's office.
Castillo also was in possession of a stolen gun and was prohibited from having a gun because of prior felony convictions, KTVB said.
Judge Randall S. Grove on Tuesday sentenced Castillo to 20 years in prison for aggravated battery and unlawful possession of a firearm, amounting to five-year fixed sentences for each count, plus an indeterminate sentence of 10 years on the aggravated battery count, the station said.
The sentences will run consecutively, KTVB said.
Castillo may become eligible for parole after his 10 years in prison, the station said, adding that he also is credited for 320 days already served in jail.
Castillo pleaded guilty to the charges on April 20 of this year, KTVB said.
“I want to thank the Canyon County Prosecutor’s Office for their work putting Mr. Castillo behind bars and bringing justice to the victim of this senseless crime,” Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue said, according to the Idaho Statesman. “I also want to credit my deputy, who made a split-second decision and took the necessary action to stop Mr. Castillo from potentially causing more violence or damage to members of our community.”
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