FROM: Nick Muyo, Public Information Officer   CONTACT PERSON: Kevin Smith, Deputy District Attorney 408-792-2733   For release on November 7, 2008 ​   SANTA CLARA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE ANNOUNCES NEW CHARGES FOR ACCUSED THREE STRIKES DOG KILLER   In July 2007, Alex Michael Castro, Jr. was arrested for cruelty to animals when he allegedly killed his girlfriend’s cocker spaniel.  He is accused of bludgeoning the animal to death in the head with a ball-peen hammer.  He is in custody awaiting a trial and, if convicted in that case, could be sentenced to 36 years to life in prison.   Castro has now been accused, while in custody, of soliciting a local motorcycle club, the Regulators, to prevent a key witness against him from testifying.  Castro allegedly mailed a letter from jail and asked the Regulators to silence a witness who had information about the case.  If convicted of the new charges, Castro could be sentenced to an additional 25 years to life in prison.   Castro will be arraigned on the new charge at 2:01 p.m. on Monday, November 10, 2008 in Department 23 of the Hall of Justice in San Jose.   ###  

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