Initial Report Is Suicide
Less than six months after being sentenced to life in prison – without mercy, murderer Phillip David Casto apparently ended his life.
Casto, 35, formerly of Scott Depot, was reported to be found unresponsive in his prison cell, Monday, August 21st, 2017, at the Mount Olive Correctional Center.
Officials report the discovery during a routine head count.
The West Virginia State Police are conducting an investigation, which is routine in prison deaths.
The initial report is that Casto committed suicide.
In March of 2017, Chief Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip M. Stowers handed down the tough sentence to the cold-blooded killer, who, court records say planned, and then gunned down Jennifer Evans in her Teays Valley condo, in 2015.
Evans was killed, in her kitchen, after she reportedly broke off an affair with Casto. She left behind a grieving husband and son. Prosecutors say Casto shot her in the head. An outdoor video camera provided evidence that Casto spent 16 minutes in the Evans home.
Putnam County Prosecutor Mark A. Sorsaia personally handled the prosecution.
As part of the guilty plea, Sorsaia agreed to “stand silent” during the sentencing hearing, outraging some supporters of Evans who wanted the Life Without Mercy sentence. Stowers stepped up and handled that issue.
Casto was represented by Winfield Attorney David Moye.
Casto’s Putnam Circuit Court case number is: 15-M40F-248.