Ex-corrections officer given probation in Tucson bar fight

2014-01-13T17:30:00Z 2014-01-15T14:41:13Z Ex-corrections officer given probation in Tucson bar fightBy Patrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A former Pima County corrections officer who pleaded guilty in the beating of two men outside a downtown-area bar was sentenced Monday to probation.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Howard Fell sentenced Angel Martin Castaneda to 18 months’ probation for his involvement in a fight outside of the Buffet Bar, on Ninth Street near Fourth Avenue, in September 2012.

Castaneda pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault on an incapacitated person.

He was one of seven county corrections officers charged in the fight in which two men were attacked, police said.

Castaneda had shown “absolutely no remorse” since the incident, Deputy Pima County Attorney Rona Kreamer said.

Castaneda’s defense attorney disputed the characterization, saying he has shown remorse for his actions and has suffered for what he did.

“He’s already had real consequences,” Suzanne Crawford said.

She said Castaneda lost his job and has been unable to rejoin his reserve unit in the U.S. armed forces.

Crawford also argued that her client had simply responded to what he thought was a threat from the victims on the night of the fight, saying his past training and experience had taught to react the way he did in threatening situations.

Judge Fell left the charge undesignated, meaning it could be reduced to a misdemeanor if Castaneda successfully completes probation.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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