Journey drummer sentenced in court for domestic violence

51-year-old Deen Castronovo will serve four years probation and undergo counselling

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo has pleaded guilty to and subsequently sentenced for a number of domestic violence charges.

Castronovo was arrested in June on charges of alleged domestic violence and released on bail after his $20,000 (£12,500) bond was met.

Appearing in a court in Salem, Oregon on Monday (October 12), Castronovo was sentenced to four years on probation. He is also required to undergo counselling for domestic violence and drug abuse.

Castronovo faces five years in prison if he violates the terms of his probation.

The musician was also arrested in 2012 for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. He described the situation at the time saying: “It was a misunderstanding that should not have been escalated to such a level in the first place”.


The 51-year-old drummer has been a member of the US band since 1998. Journey recently announced that they will replace him for their upcoming live dates, with Omar Hakim, who has previously worked with Madonna, Miles Davis and others, and filled in during Journey’s North American tour.

The statement from the band read: “We, Journey, have made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band’s upcoming US concerts (Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 20 and the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah on Saturday, July 4), as well as the band’s Canadian tour (July 6 – August 3), due to Deen Castronovo’s pending issues. We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence”.

Journey formed during 1973 in San Francisco, have released 14 albums and issued their latest one, ‘Eclipse’ in 2013.

The band currently consists of two original members: guitarist Neal Schon and bassist Ross Valory. The group’s most famous vocalist, Steve Perry, joined in 1977 and left in 1998, when he was replaced by Steve Augeri. Augeri was later succeeded by current lead vocalist Arnel Pineda.

The band are most well known for their 1981 single ‘Don’t Stop Believin”, which featured on their seventh studio album ‘Escape’. The track reached Number Nine in the US on its original release, later peaking at Number Six in the UK after a re-release following the song’s use on The Sopranos.