Journey Drummer Deen Castronovo Pleads Guilty in Domestic Violence Case

Musician receives four years probation and is ordered to undergo treatment

Deen Castronovo, drummer for the rock band Journey, has been sentenced to four years probation after pleading guilty to domestic violence charges, a spokeswoman for the Marion County, Oregon, district attorney’s office told TheWrap on Tuesday.

Castronovo has also been ordered to undergo counseling for domestic violence and substance abuse.

The drummer faces more than five years in prison if he violates his probation. However, if he does well for the first two years, he can petition the court to reduce his felony charges to misdemeanors.

Castronovo was slapped with a number of charges, including rape, in September. Overall, he faced four charges of assault in the fourth degree, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of menacing, one count of rape in the first degree, sexual abuse in the second degree, assault in the second degree, coercion criminal mischief in the second degree and three counts of contempt of court.

However, he pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth degree assault constituting domestic violence, two counts of menacing constituting domestic violence, unlawful use of a weapon and coercion, with the other charges dropped in exchange for his guilty plea.

According to the Salem, Oregon, Statesman Journal, the drummer was arrested on June 14 after allegedly injuring a woman. Initially charged with fourth-degree assault and menacing, he later had additional charges filed against him.

Journey replaced Castronovo with drummer Omar Hakim for its summer tour this year.


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