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Castillo-Alvarez seeks new trial

By Staff | May 22, 2008

SPENCER (AP) — A man convicted in a 1997 gang killing in northwest Iowa wants a new trial.

Juan Humberto Castillo-Alvarez was convicted by a judge in January in the slaying of a Spencer teenager in a drug case.

Castillo-Alvarez was found guilty of second-degree murder, second-degree kidnapping and conspiracy in the death of 15-year-old Gregory ”Sky” Erickson. He was sentenced in April to 85 years in prison.

The appeal was filed by the state appellate defender’s office.

Erickson was a police informant when he was kidnapped. He was taken to an abandoned farmhouse in Minnesota, where he was shot to death.

Nine others were convicted in his death. Castillo-Alvarez was the last to stand trial. He was extradited to Iowa in 2006 after being returned to the U.S from Mexico.

Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://http://www.siouxcityjournal.com‘>http://www.siouxcityjournal.com