After accepting an Alford plea in April, Bellevue resident Calub Carl Castle has been sentenced to one year in prison, with credit for time served, for leaving the scene of a severe-injury accident on Aug. 8. In addition, his probation was revoked for a felony case from 2013, and in that case, he was sentenced to his original sentence of three years fixed with three years indeterminate, with 611 days credited.
Castle, 24, has about a year-and-a-half prison sentence ahead of him, with the possibility of an additional three years if probation is not granted.
An Alford plea is a guilty plea in which a defendant maintains his innocence but admits that the prosecution’s evidence would likely result in a guilty verdict if the case were brought to trial.
“You usually don’t need a law to tell people to be nice and moral,” prosecutor Matt Fredback said at the sentencing hearing Tuesday.
Fredback said Castle’s reaction when “he left people on the side of the road to die,” one of whom was a family member, “says volumes about him.” Both people were severely injured and flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Boise.
According to the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office, investigation of the accident determined that two white trucks, one driven by Castle and the second by one of the victims of the accident, were traveling south side by side on Gannett Road, south of Labrador Lane, on the evening of Aug. 8 around 7:30 p.m. when the second truck went off the road, hitting a mailbox, flipped several times and landed upside down. Both occupants were ejected from the truck. According to Fredback, both victims sustained “lifelong, major, catastrophic injuries.”
Castle continued driving, after witnessing the accident through his rearview mirror, for about a mile before pulling to the side of the road and taking off running, according to Fredback. At the time of the accident, Castle was on felony probation for a grand theft conviction from 2013. He has been in the Blaine County jail since his arrest on Sept. 18, held without bond in the felony probation violation case.
At the sentencing hearing, Castle said he recognized his mistakes and wished to better himself.“I do want to change my ways,” he said. “Upon release I’m going to do my best to remain sober and be a good father.”