Man pleads guilty to shooting woman, leaving body at Escondido resort

Posted at 4:30 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 19:30:40-04

VISTA (CNS) - A delusional man who fatally shot a 23-year-old female acquaintance in unincorporated Escondido because he thought she and others were trying to kidnap him pleaded guilty today to voluntary manslaughter.

Paul R. Castro IV, 28, will be sentenced to 21 years in state prison on June 15.

Castro was on a five-day methamphetamine binge and suffering from paranoid delusions when he shot Antonia Herrera -- the girlfriend of his best friend -- and dumped her body in the 27600 block of Champagne Boulevard near the Lawrence Welk Resort, said Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe.

A resident on a walk discovered Herrera's body on an embankment on Jan. 12, 2017.

Castro -- a documented gang member from Las Vegas -- was arrested there a month later and brought back to San Diego to face charges.