Sacto 9-1-1
June 6, 2013
Man convicted for 2011 Good Friday robbery at church

A man accused of two robberies in April 2011, including one on Good Friday at a downtown Sacramento church, has been convicted by a Sacramento County jury.

William Martin Castro, 30, was convicted of two counts of robbery and multiple firearm charges, and found to be sane, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney's Office news release.

In the first incident, on April 21, 2011, Castro asked the victim if he could use his cell phone, then punched the victim in the face and left with the phone.

The second robbery occurred the next day, Good Friday, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. Castro entered the sanctuary and confronted an unsuspecting parishioner with a gun, officials said. He ordered the victim to the ground, took his cell phone and wallet, then left.

Castro was experiencing a mental episode at the time of the robberies as a result of using methamphetamine, according to the District Attorney's Office, but the jury found Castro to be legally sane at the time he committed the crimes.

Castro is to be sentenced July 5 before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Marjorie Koller.

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