Baltimore police have arrested Eddy M. Castillo-Diaz, 21, in connection with a stabbing death that took place February 22, 2009, in East Baltimore. According to a Baltimore Sun story, Mr. Castillo-Diaz is a native of Honduras, and police believe that he is in the United States illegally.
Mr. Castillo-Diaz has been charged with first-degree murder in Maryland, assault and weapons charges. Under Maryland law, first-degree murder can be punished by the death penalty,* life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or life imprisonment. Should the State choose this as a capital case, the accused must be notified in writing of this intent at least 30 days before the start of the trial.
Given the circumstances, the assault charge against Mr. Castillo-Diaz is most likely the more serious felony assault, which depends on the intentional attempt to inflict serious harm on a person, or the infliction of serious bodily injury on a person. Felony assault charges carry a prison term of up to 25 years.
The weapons charge of the type leveled against Mr. Castillo-Diaz is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to three years in prison augmented by up to a $1,000 fine.
Criminal charges of any kind are a serious matter. If you have any questions or concerns about cases such as this one, please contact the experienced Maryland criminal defense attorneys of Meng & Alpert LLC for more information. The attorneys of Meng & Alpert LLC have successfully represented clients facing weapons charges, homicide and assault, as well as general criminal charges. Call 866-444-6363 for a free case evaluation.
*The practice of capital punishment in the state is facing challenges from both the governor and the Maryland Senate.