A Houston County judge sentenced a man to 35 years in prison for molesting a 6-year-old girl, a prosecutor said.
William Mamfredo Castro, 29, who had been living in Warner Robins, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Katherine K. Lumsden after pleading guilty to one count of child molestation and two counts of first degree cruelty to children, said Senior Assistant District Attorney David Cooke. The girl was related to Castro, Cooke said.
Houston County public defender Nick White, who represented Castro, noted that Castro entered a “best-interest” plea. Castro was facing a potential life sentence had he gone to trial and been convicted of all the charges against him, White said. As part of the plea agreement, other charges, including rape and aggravated sexual battery, were dismissed. But Cooke said he thought a similar sentence would have been rendered had Castro gone to trial and been convicted of all the charges.
U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement has a hold on Castro, an illegal immigrant, White said. How much time Castro will serve in prison before being deported will be up to the state parole board and federal authorities, White said.
However, Cooke said he expects that Castro’s status as an illegal will not impact his prison term and that Castro likely will serve 90 percent of the 35 years.