“It’s good for the community to take a deep breath and reflect on this and hope it should never happen again.”
The case, Prosecutor Michael Dvorak added, has helped change how the Indiana Department of Child Services investigates such cases.
Castile’s defense attorney, Anthony Luber, asked for the judge to impose the minimum sentence of 20 years, calling the charges against her a “miscarriage of justice.”
“They were not her children,” he said.
Gabrielse said he was not going to relitigate the case at the sentencing.
“It happened in the children’s home, a place of refuge before you go out to the big bad world,” he said. “Out of all the murders and violent crime investigations we’ve worked on, this case sticks out. It’s the worst possible case.”
Gabrielse added that the sentences should run consecutively to reflect that there were three victims, including Tramelle, that were abused.
Woodward-Miller allowed Castile to speak directly to her 15-year-old grandson from the stand. But after few minutes the judge asked Castile to return to her regular seat and face her while speaking, adding that Castile was beginning to direct blame elsewhere.
“I’m sorry for all the things that happened,” Castile said. “I have to accept blame at some point. I should have paid more attention.”
Castile received 359 days of credit for time already served. She said she would appeal the conviction.
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