Former Barbacoa Owner Convicted of Drug Possession, Sentenced to Jail, Fines, Probation 

Robert Castoro, 48, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with an option for work release after the first five days. In addition to fees, fines and restitution, Castoro will also be on probation for three years. - ADA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
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  • Robert Castoro, 48, was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with an option for work release after the first five days. In addition to fees, fines and restitution, Castoro will also be on probation for three years.
An Idaho District Court Judge cited numerous letters of support for 48-year-old Robert Castoro, and a resolute Castoro said he took responsibility for his actions before Fourth District Judge Melissa Moody sentenced the former owner of popular Boise restaurant Barbacoa to 30 days in jail—he will be able to participate in work release after five days—and three years probation. Castoro was also ordered to pay $7,280 in fees, fines and restitution. 

In April, an Ada County jury found Castoro guilty of felony drug possession but not guilty on a charge of domestic battery. The charges stemmed from a June 2014 domestic disturbance call, during which police say they found an unspecified amount of cocaine. Castoro was arrested in August 2014. 

Barbacoa opened in 2009, but the multimillion-dollar restaurant and bar burned to the ground in early 2010. Barbacoa reopened on New Year's Eve 2010 with a larger footprint—9,400 square feet—and new amenities like a DJ booth, a "secret" VIP room and a rooftop deck.

During sentencing, Castoro told the court his legal troubles had caused him to lose his liquor license, and he was forced to sell Barbacoa to his sister.
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