Springfield Man Sentenced for March 2018 Shooting at Federal Officer

by Don Ledford

A Springfield, Missouri man was sentenced in federal court Tuesday for shooting at a federal probation officer.

Enrique Castaneda, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

On May 20, 2019, Castaneda pleaded guilty to assaulting a federal employee with a firearm. Castaneda admitted that he fired a pistol at a federal probation officer, striking her vehicle.

The officer was driving to her office at the federal courthouse in Springfield on March 13, 2018. As she passed his vehicle parked on Walnut Street, Castaneda rolled down the driver’s side window and yelled at her. Castaneda then fired a Springfield Armory .45-caliber pistol at the officer, striking the rear quarter panel of her vehicle.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James J. Kelleher. It was investigated by the Springfield, Mo., Police Department, the Greene County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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