SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo pleaded guilty to domestic violence and was sentenced to 4 years of supervised probation.
Castronovo, 51, will also be required to undergo counseling for domestic violence offenders and for drug abuse. The judge also ruled that if Castronovo fails during probation he faces 5.5 years in prison.
He was sentenced for 2 counts of 4th-degree assault constituting domestic violence, one count of unlawful use of a weapon and one count of coercion.
In June he was ordered held without bail on rape and other felony charges. Marion County Judge Audrey Broyles declined to set bail after prosecutors said Castronovo texted the woman 122 times and called her 35 times and presents a threat to the woman if he’s released.
At that time, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner said Castronovo acknowledged his abuse in the texts and even told the woman to get a restraining order. Castronovo, “quite frankly, is unstable,” Gardiner said.
Castronovo was originally booked on assault, coercion and menacing charges on June 16 after Salem police were called to his home. He reportedly refused to come out of the house, but once officers came inside he surrendered.
The rock drummer faced more charges from that and similar incidents beginning in April but mostly taking place in June 2015.
In mid-April, Castronovo presented a $10,000 donation to South Albany High School to help replace band equipment lost in a devastating fire.