Rome man pleads guilty to manslaughter in daughter's death

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Joshua Castello, 33, of Rome, admitted in court Friday he shook his 2-week-old daughter Lorelai in the family's home at the Heritage Acres Mobile Home Park in Schuyler in 2003.

He previously pleaded guilty to assault in Herkimer County that year. In September 2012, Lorelai died at the age of 9 in Rome, where she and her mother were living. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, saying her respiratory ailments that led to her death were a direct result of her injuries she suffered as an infant.

On Friday, Castello pleaded guilty to manslaughter

Lorelai weighed just 26 pounds when she died. The prosecutor in the case says it's one of the saddest cases she's had in her 26-year career.

Castello's attorney, Leland McCormac, says the case has had a profound impact on all parties involved.

"Obviously he didn't want a trial," McCormac said. "The suffering he's endured and the family has endured since has been staggering. Certainly in my experience, I rarely, if ever, have seen a case that has had such a profound impact on all parties involved."

Lorelai's mother was in tears throughout much of Friday's proceeding, and did not want to speak with reporters afterward. But the prosecutor said she will probably speak at Castello's sentencing in May. He is expected to be sentenced to three to nine years in state prison.

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