journeydeen-castronovo640 Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was handed a suspended sentence and four years of probation after pleading guilty to domestic violence crimes on Monday, October 12th.

Castronovo, 51, pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree assault constituting domestic violence, two counts of menacing constituting domestic violence, unlawful use of a weapon and coercion. If he violates the terms of his probation, a sentence of five years and five months in prison could be imposed.

In a statement dated October 30th, Deen admits that he hit bottom and thanks the prosecutors for saving his life…

“Two weeks ago, I, Deen Catronovo, made a plea deal with Salem, Oregon prosecutors. I plead guilty to one count of coercion, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of assault 4, and 2 counts of menacing. Ref: Case #15CR23974 in Marion County Court.

Anyone who witnessed the events remains adamant that my abrasive behavior stemmed from the fact that I was at a drug-induced psychosis level of intoxication at the time of the occurrences. Otherwise, I am an easy-going guy who loves being a father and a musician.

After my Indictment in June, I completed a 75-day inpatient treatment program at the Hazelden Betty Ford Springbrook Center, the most comprehensive drug abuse treatment center in the State of Oregon. It was at Hazelden that I quickly realized how dire the situation had become. I made a vow to myself and my family to not only stay sober but to dedicate time telling my story, speaking to promote sobriety, being a good example to my sons and advocating for the rights and assistance of domestic violence victims. I hope by telling my story I can help prevent someone else from making the same mistakes I did.

Taking into consideration that I have been able to stay completely sober since my Indictment in June as well as the fact that I have continued domestic violence and drug counseling without any difficulties, Judge Jamese Rhodes sentenced me to four years of probation. The probation requires me to continue the domestic violence and drug abuse counseling.

At the sentencing I apologized to my ex-fiancé, Deidra, and her family for the hurt I have put them through. I continue to wish Deidra the best. I know Deidra is not at fault for my behavior nor the consequences I have suffered because of it. Again, I want to apologize to Deidra, her family, my family, my band-mates in Journey and the fans of Journey. I’m sorry I let you all down. I have hit my bottom and I’m taking the necessary steps to ensuring that this never happens again.

As devastating as this was for me it was far more devastating to Deidra and our children. Had it not been for her calling the police and the intervention of the prosecutors I’d probably be dead. I’m going to focus on my family, finding happiness in sobriety and helping others who might be going down the wrong path to avoid destruction. For now I’m taking it one day at a time and looking to discover what new path God has planned for me.”

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  • Rattlehead on

    While domestic violence is a very serious matter, I wish Deen the best of luck in trying to positively improve his life and get better. I’ve enjoyed his drumming since his Wild Dog days. Great drummer, and a great vocalist, too.

  • Greg Gardner on

    I give him all the credit for coming clean with the facts and asking for forgiveness with his apology. Most celebrities / politicians never get this part of the equation. Best of luck in your recovery.

  • James K. on

    People f*** up, that’s just life. A man can become weak when dependency on drugs and alcohol take over his life. I’ve seen it with friends I grew up with and even some of my own family. But I hope Deen sincerely regrets his actions and seriously changes his life for the better. He sounds sincere and I’m sure he feels ashamed of himself. I think Deen’s actions were appalling and he has no excuse because he chose to be in that state of intoxication. I despise any violence or abuse towards women. A real man does not abuse women, verbally, physically or any other way. That’s how I was raised. But if it was 100% drug induced that caused Deen’s to act the way he did, then that should be the ultimate wake up call to get sober and get professional help. i hope he can turn his life around for the better.

  • Taskerofpuppets on

    Wow, and to think all this was happening only an hour away from where I live. Hmm, guess I should watch the news more often. Sounds like the guy was pretty desperate. Good luck on working it out.

  • DR Is Live on

    Time will tell Deen…time will tell.

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