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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007

Man gets 50 years in crash that killed pregnant woman

MOBILE (AP) — A judge sentenced a Mobile man to 50 years in prison for murder for a head-on collision that killed a pregnant woman only days from her delivery date.

At sentencing Wednesday, Roger Alan Moseley, 36, still in a wheelchair with injuries from the February 2006 crash, wept and appealed for mercy.

According to testimony, Moseley had cocaine in his system and was in a road-rage pursuit of another car when the collision killed Michelle “Nicole” Castillo, 33, of Mobile and her unborn son.

Castillo’s family members — sister, Angela Payne; father, Jim Matthews; and husband, Alexis Castillo — told Circuit Judge Sarah Stewart that Moseley’s actions had left them with nightmares and pain.

“It’s pure hell in my life without my wife,” Alexis Castillo said. “I (still) wake up in the middle of the night ... hoping my wife is lying next to me.”

His daughter was two years old at the time her mother died, he said.

One night he took her outside and directed her gaze to the night sky, where he picked out the “biggest and brightest” star and told his daughter that’s where her mother lived.

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