Father begs forgiveness, sentenced in beating death of adorable toddler

An Idaho man who severely attacked and beat his girlfriend's 18-month-old son to death was sentenced for first degree...

Posted: Jan 23, 2018 7:06 PM
Updated: Jan 23, 2018 7:06 PM

An Idaho man who severely attacked and beat his girlfriend's 18-month-old son to death was sentenced for first degree murder Monday.

Jesus Castillo, 23, was given 45 years for brutally beating and killing 18-month-old Zachary Tendoy in March 2017. The sentence consists of 15 years fixed with 30 years indeterminate. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $1,000, $5,000 in discretionary restitution and restitution in an amount that has yet to be decided.

"Obviously, it's a very tough case," Bingham County Prosecutor Cleve Colson told EastIdahoNews.com. "Because of the age of the child, the family is always going to have a void and are never going to be able to fill that void. I hope that this sentence can give the family some closure with regards to the nature and circumstances of this case."

Colson said he hopes the family can receive some measure of solace in Castillo being held responsible for the death of Zachary.

"A 45-year sentence is a significant amount of time," he said. "Clearly we requested indeterminate life, but I understand the sentence at this point and believe that it's an appropriate sentence."

The family and friends of Zachary attended Castillo's sentencing, most wearing shirts with an image of Zachary with angel wings and the words "In Loving Memory Zachary 'Binx.'"

In his remarks, Judge Dane Watkins said he recognized that there was no intent to kill but that there was a loss of life anyway.

Under Idaho law, when a child under the age of 12 is killed, regardless of intent, the perpetrator is charged with first-degree murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 10 years.

Watkins told Castillo he is making a distinction between a sudden outburst of anger, where a baby is shaken and dies as a result, and the severe beating Castillo gave Zachary that ended his life. Watkins noted he does believe Castillo did not intend to kill Zachary.

"I also know that this child suffered significant and life-losing injuries - skull fractures, blunt force trauma," Watkins told Castillo. "You admit to shaking the child, grabbing the leg, throwing him back, 'donkey kicking' him and then, in fact, shaking him."

Watkins told Castillo he believes the sentence of 15 years fixed, recommended by the state, is justified.

In a statement to the court, Castillo apologized to the Tendoy family.

"I know that nothing I can say or do will ever change what has happened. … I never meant to put their family or my own through any sort of thing like this. … I hope that one day they can all forgive me for my mistake," he said.

Zachary's great-grandmother said in a victim-impact statement that she has "cried endless amounts of tears" because of what happened to Zachary and the strain it put on her family.

"I forgive you for this awful thing that had happened, and I just want to leave the rest up to the Lord," she said.

West Lafayette
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 45°
Kokomo
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 39°
Rensselaer
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 40°
Fowler
Overcast
43° wxIcon
Hi: 55° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 40°
Williamsport
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 40°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
44° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 37°
Frankfort
Overcast
48° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 43°
Delphi
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 42°
Monticello
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 53° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 42°
Logansport
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 39°
Rainfall & even some storms are ahead (with a bit of snow/sleet mix at the onset).
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 300913

Reported Deaths: 5332
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion41330845
Lake26364448
Allen17299290
Elkhart16665212
St. Joseph16319220
Hamilton12459164
Vanderburgh9428112
Tippecanoe826727
Porter791279
Johnson6139164
Hendricks5807154
Vigo574474
Monroe525247
Clark495374
Delaware4789103
Madison4760119
LaPorte446894
Kosciusko446139
Howard325575
Warrick316072
Floyd306177
Bartholomew303262
Wayne295261
Cass293431
Marshall289944
Grant258747
Noble246846
Hancock243749
Henry237136
Boone235154
Dubois230430
Dearborn208829
Jackson206033
Morgan200643
Knox178017
Gibson177022
Clinton174920
Shelby174554
Lawrence171646
DeKalb171229
Adams165219
Miami155114
Wabash153018
Daviess152243
Fayette145233
Steuben141113
Jasper138311
Harrison137624
LaGrange136629
Montgomery131226
Whitley129910
Ripley123714
Decatur123542
Huntington122310
Posey118913
Putnam118326
Wells118327
Randolph117819
White117421
Clay115621
Jefferson114214
Greene100253
Scott99818
Jay95012
Starke89221
Sullivan86615
Fulton81117
Perry80921
Jennings80514
Spencer8047
Fountain7378
Washington7176
Carroll66813
Franklin65925
Orange65728
Vermillion5832
Owen5816
Parke5416
Newton54012
Tipton53726
Rush5216
Blackford51211
Pike50218
Pulaski36810
Martin3485
Brown3263
Benton3251
Crawford2781
Union2621
Switzerland2473
Warren2352
Ohio2257
Unassigned0265

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events