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BU Grad Convicted In Deadly Hit-And-Run Attacked In Jail

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
A Baylor graduate and former state Capitol staffer convicted in a deadly hit and run has been attacked by another inmate in the county jail where she’s finishing up a 180-day sentence.

Gabrielle Nestande (Jail photo)

AUSTIN (September 9, 2013)--Baylor graduate and former state Capitol staffer Gabrielle Nestande, 26, who was convicted in March in a deadly hit-and-run in Austin, was attacked over the weekend while serving the last of an 180-day sentence in the Travis County Jail.

Travis County Sheriff's public affairs spokesman Roger Wade said Nestande received a laceration on her forehead and injuries to her right cheek in eye in the attack by another female inmate on Saturday.

She was treated at the jail's infirmary, Wade said.

Wade said the other inmate, Rachel Castillo, 27, was charged with assault causing bodily injury, a Class-A misdemeanor.

Castillo attacked Nestande inside Travis County’s Del Valle Correctional Facility, but a guard who was just feet away was able to separate the women quickly, he said.

Castillo could face as much as a year in jail and a $4,000 fine if she is convicted of the assault and also faces internal disciplinary action.

Nestande, who was an aide to State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, was arrested in May 2011 after the hit-and-run accident that left Courtney Griffin, 30, dead.

A resident found Griffin's body lying partly on a driveway and partly on Exposition Boulevard in Austin.

Nestande was arrested later the same day after police received an anonymous tip about a vehicle with a broken windshield.

The black BMW was found in a driveway at a home on Windsor Road.

She was originally charged with intoxication manslaughter and manslaughter but the jury opted in February to convict her of the lesser offense.

State District Court Judge Karen Sage added jail time to the jury’s recommendation of probation and a fine when she sentenced Nestande in March.

Nestande's father, Bruce Nestande, served in California's state Assembly in the late 1970s and was a one-time aide to then Gov. Ronald Reagan.


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