Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Journey's Deen Castronovo Pleads Guilty to Domestic Abuse, Receives Four Years Probation

Deen Castronovo, the drummer for Journey since 1998, has plead guilty to domestic abuse in Salem, OR.

Castronovo was arrested on Sunday, June 14 when police were called to his Salem home. At first, he was charged with assault, coercion and and menacing in an incident between him and his wife. According to a report from TMZ, those charges were increased to rape, sexual abuse and unlawful use of a weapon.

The drummer was arrested again later in the month of June after police found that he had texted the woman involved in the original charges 122 times and called her 35 times despite their being a no-contact order in place.

On Monday, a Salem judge sentenced the drummer to four years probation plus ordered him to undergo domestic violence and drug counseling. If he violates any of the terms of the sentence, he could receive up to five years in prison.

Castronovo has a history with his relationships and the law. In a January 2012 incident he allegedly assaulted his then girlfriend, ripping the phone from her hand when she tried to call her father. In that arrest, he was charged with assault in the 4th degree, criminal mischief in the 2nd degree, harassment, coercion and interfering with making a report.

Castronovo has previously played with bands such as Bad English, Social Distortion, G/Z/R and backed Ozzy Osbourne, Steve Vai and Paul Rodgers. He replaced Steve Smith in Journey in 1998. The band replaced him for their summer tour with Omar Hakim.