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Castillo-Alvarez sentenced Friday

By Staff | Apr 26, 2008

Juan Castillo-Alvarez

Chances are very good that Juan Humberto Castillo-Alvarez will spend the rest of his natural life in jail for the June 1997 murder of Gregory Sky Erickson of Estherville.

Third Judicial District Judge Don E. Courtney Friday in Spencer handed down the sentences on convictions on three counts.

As to Count 1, murder in the second degree, Castillo-Alvarez was sentenced for a period of not more than 50 years.

On Count 2, kidnapping in the second degree, he was given a sentence not to exceed 25 years.

County 3, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, carried a sentence not to exceed 10 years.

The mandatory minimum of seven-tenths of the maximum sentence was imposed on both the 50-year murder sentence and the 25-year kidnapping sentence. The sentences are to run concurrently to each other.

He is not eligible for bond on appeal.

Erickson was abducted July 6, 1997, from Spencer then later tortured and shot.

His remains were found in an abandoned farmhouse basement over a week later on June 14, 1997.

Erickson’s kidnapping and murder resulted from money he owed to Castillo-Alvarez for drugs.

While Castillo-Alvarez was not present when Erickson was killed, it was Luis Lua who did the killing. A total of 10 gang members of Los Krazy Boyz were charged.

Castillo-Alvarez fled to Mexico and was extradited October 2006. Mexican officials allowed his extradition only after an agreement was reached to not proceed with federal charges which could have brought a death penalty.