One-time murder suspect instead admits to manslaughter - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

One-time murder suspect instead admits to manslaughter on Tuesday

Albaro Castillo, image from Lubbock County S.O. Albaro Castillo, image from Lubbock County S.O.

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Lubbock County man, Albaro Castillo, 52, pleads guilty to manslaughter charges after initially being charged in June 2009 with murder.  Authorities said James Ledbetter, 32 at the time of his death, was found stabbed and killed in his Northwest Lubbock County home.  Three suspects were arrested including Castillo. 

In 2009 the Lubbock County Sheriff's Department said all three were at a party Ledbetter was hosting when a fight broke out.  Castillo on Tuesday accepted the maximum 20 years in prison as part of his plea deal.  Officials tell us that he could be eligible for parole after serving 10 years.

Armin Tavarez, 40, is still held in the county jail on manslaughter charges.  A third suspect Delia Rios, is charged with manslaughter but is not currently in jail.  Online records have two different ages listed for Rios; either 42 or 43.

* Corrected: KCBD.com initially reported that charges against a 3rd suspect were dropped, but officials say charges are still pending against Rios.

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