Appearing in court in Salem, Oregon on Monday (12th October), Journey drummer, Deen Castronovo, was sentenced on charges of domestic violence.
The 50-year-old pleaded guilty to numerous accounts, and will serve four years probation with counselling for domestic violence and drug abuse. Violating this probation could land Castronovo with a 5-year prison sentence.
Charges were brought against the musician back in June, however he also was arrested in 2012 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend at the time.
Journey have recently announced that Castronovo – who’s been with the band since 1998 – will be replaced at upcoming shows by Omar Hakim, who has worked with Madonna, Miles Davis and many others.
The band announced: “We, Journey, have made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band’s upcoming US concerts, as well as the band’s Canadian tour, due to Deen Castronovo’s pending issues. We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence”.
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