Columbus attorney blames bank robber's mother

Jamal Castile
Jamal Castile

By Laura Ann Sills - email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Jamal Castille is back in a jumpsuit and handcuffs just in time for his federal sentencing, after escaping from the Harris County Jail last week.

Back in January, Castille pled guilty to robbing the CB&T on Forrest Road in Columbus.

On Thursday, it was revealed in court, the 2008 robbery involved Castille, his mother, and two other men.  Mom, Daphne Castille's charges were dropped when she entered into a plea agreement on drug charges.

Castille's attorney, Bill Mason, believes his defendant would have gotten 10-12 years, but the recent escape led the judge to drop any credits for accepting responsibility.

Mason made a statement in front of the judge on behalf of his defendant, saying Castille "didn't get a fair shot growing up," and during the robbery he was a 21-year-old clearly under the influence of his mom.

The judge sentenced Castille to 19.5 years in prison.  He also shares the responsibility of paying back the $200,000 taken from the bank, with co-defendant Terrell Mars.

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