Journey drummer gets 4 years probation; apologizes to victim and fans
Journey drummer Deen Castronovo, who was arrested over the summer for domestic abuse, has been sentenced to four years probation by an Oregon judge. Journey replaced him with Omar Hakim for their summer tour.
Castronovo joined Journey in 1998, replacing Steve Smith. In addition to drumming, Castronovo usually sings a couple tunes per show to give frontman Arnel Pineda a breather. (He's a near dead-ringer voicewise for the dearly departed Steve Perry, who remains on everyone's bucket-list for a Journey reunion tour.)
On Friday, Castronovo released a statement about the plea deal. It reads in part:
"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."
"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."