A Danville woman whose husband pleaded guilty to rape and armed robbery last month admitted to her own role in the crime Thursday in Boyle Circuit Court.
Darlene Mary Castle, 39, formerly of 442 Patrician Place, pleaded guilty to robbery in the July 2010 holdup of Cash Advance on Hustonville Road. She faces a recommended seven years in prison when she is formally sentenced by Judge Darren Peckler next month.
Her husband, Arlen Craig Castle, faces a recommended sentence of 50 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to first-degree robbery, rape, sodomy, kidnapping and assault charges in connection with the Cash Advance robbery.
Craig Castle entered the business on the morning of July 6, 2010, armed with a knife and a gun, and demanded a Cash Advance employee, who was by herself, empty the cash register. He then forced the woman into a bathroom, where he sexually assaulted her and left her trapped until another employee arrived to discover her.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Richie Bottoms said Darlene Castle had no part in the sexual assault on the woman and did not even know it was happening. The couple were on foot, and Darlene Castle stayed outside the store while the rape and robbery occurred, Bottoms said.
“Her position was that she did not even know the robbery was happening, but she made statements indicating she knew a robbery was taking place,” he said.