Moorhead teen shooter to be sentenced as juvenile
MOORHEAD -- The teenager who pulled the trigger in a 2008 drive-by shooting in Moorhead will get a chance to serve his sentence in the juvenile court system.
Randy Raul Castillo of Moorhead was 17 years old on May 11, 2008, when he shot a .22-caliber gun at the house of a family friend at 401 Sunset Circle.
Castillo, now 18, pleaded guilty Friday in Clay County District Court to a felony drive-by charge.
He admitted he was the shooter, but said he thought no one was home at the time and that he was pressured into it by others in the car.
Despite those factors, "It was a very serious deal," Judge Lisa Borgen told Castillo at the plea hearing.
Trever Lee Perish, a 20-year-old from Fargo, told police he provided the gun and the vehicle and was charged with aiding and abetting the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty and his next court date is Oct. 8
A Dilworth teenager who was 15 at the time was also charged with aiding and abetting, but that case isn't public because of his age.
Court records state that Castillo and his friends selected who would be the gunman by playing a game of rock, paper, and scissors.
In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors dropped adult charges filed against Castillo - which was on the table because he was 16 or older when committing a felony.
Instead, Castillo will be sentenced on Oct. 26 using an alternative option that allows the juvenile court system to keep tabs on him until he's 21 years old. If he stays out of trouble, he'll avoid adult court.
But Castillo will also receive an adult sentence on Oct. 26. If he has additional run-ins with the law, he would instead serve the adult sentence.