Gunman Found Guilty of Murder and Criminal Possession of a Weapon; Co-Defendant Found Guilty of Manslaughter
Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that two Bronx men have been sentenced to prison for the fatal 2016 shooting of a 29-year-old man inside a beauty salon in the West Farms section of the Bronx over a dispute about money.
District Attorney Clark said, “The victim was shot six times inside a busy beauty salon, in front of multiple patrons. Both defendants will serve many years in prison for their actions.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendants, Jairo Castillo, 33, of 1010 East 178th Street, and Gustavo Guillen, 35, of 788 East 182nd Street, were sentenced today by Bronx Supreme Court Justice April Newbauer. Castillo was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for second-degree Murder and eight years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision for second-degree Criminal Possession of a Weapon, sentences to run concurrently. Guillen was sentenced to 11 years in prison and five years’ post-release supervision for first-degree Manslaughter. Both defendants were convicted by a jury on June 20, 2019.
According to the investigation, on August 2, 2016, the victim, Julio Lebron, went to Guillen’s beauty salon, Believe, located at 1941 Southern Boulevard. Lebron and Guillen argued about money owed to Lebron and Lebron demanded that Guillen pay him. The victim left after the confrontation but returned hours later. Guillen called Castillo to his salon. At about 5:40 P.M., while the victim was waiting outside the salon, Castillo showed up. Castillo and Lebron engaged in an argument inside the salon, at which point Castillo shot the victim six times, including three times in the back. He was pronounced dead at St. Barnabas Hospital. The defendants fled; Guillen was arrested on August 25, 2016 in New Jersey and Castillo was apprehended in Maryland on March 3, 2017.