LOGAN — A judge has sentenced 42-year-old Odilon F. Castulo-Guzman to one-year in jail for stabbing an Idaho man during a fight last fall. The 42-year-old Logan man told the court he was sorry and wasn’t thinking that night.
According to Cache County Sheriff’s deputies, Castulo-Guzman stabbed the 51-year-old Franklin, Idaho, man during a fight on October 14 at Sugar Park in Amalga. The victim was taken by ambulance to Logan Regional Hospital with a stab wound to the chest. The defendant was arrested and originally charged with attempted murder, a first-degree felony. His wife, 38-year-old Logan woman, Adriana Silva was arrested and later charged with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.
During Monday’s sentencing in 1st District Court, defense attorney Shannon Demler said the fight started when Castulo-Guzman confronted the victim, who had been having an affair with Silva for four-years. He explained that his client was just trying to save his marriage and had no prior criminal history.
In July, Castulo-Guzman accepted a plea deal, pleading guilty to aggravated assault and obstructing justice, both second-degree felonies.
Silva also pleaded guilty to obstructing justice, amended to a third-degree felony. She was later sentenced to three-years of probation and 50-hours of community service.
During Monday’s sentencing, State attorney Aaron Josie told the court, the victim almost died if it wasn’t for the paramedics and hospital staff who treated him. He asked the court not to follow the recommended jail sentence and instead send the defendant to prison.
Judge Thomas Wilmore also expressed frustration that because of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), it was recommended that the defendant only be given a jail sentence. He faulted the governor and legislature in Utah, and said the system would soon cave in on itself as the public looses faith in the legislation.
Judge Willmore told Gastulo-Guzman he didn’t believe him or Silva, who was having the affair with the victim, and arranged for the three to meet on the night of the stabbing. He sentenced him to jail but also ordered that he have no contact with Silva, so she won’t be allowed to visit him while he is incarcerated.
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