A Loudoun County jury convicted former IT executive Braulio Castillo of first-degree murder on Monday night in the 2014 death of his estranged wife, according to The Washington Post.
Castillo, the former chief executive of Leesburg-based Strong Castle Inc., a government contractor, was charged on April 2, 2014, with killing his wife, Michelle Castillo, after she was found dead in her Belmont Station Drive home in Ashburn on March 20 of that year.
Castillo, 50, took the witness stand in his own defense during the five-week trial, telling the jury he did not kill his wife or enter his former home.
Prosecutors claimed Castillo suffocated his wife with a pillow, then strung her up in a shower to make her death look like a suicide, according to the report. The Virginia medical examiner’s office ruled that Michelle Castillo had been asphyxiated but not by the cord found around her neck, according to the report.
Braulio Castillo was immediately sent to jail Monday night. He had been free…