‘Gay for Pay’ actor sentenced to just 9 years for brutal murder of adult film producer
Michael Castagne was bludgeoned to death by adult film star Daeveion Mangum.
A ‘gay for pay’ actor who brutally murdered an adult film producer — bludgeoning him 32 times before setting his body on fire — was sentenced to nine years in prison last.
Daeveion Mangum was convicted of first-degree murder in after killing Michael Castagne – who was found dead inside his studio last year after being bludgeoned 32 times and set on fire.
However, the jury reduced Mangum’s sentence after they claimed he acted out of “sudden passion,” according to The Dallas Observer.
Magnum had previously appeared in at least three videos for Castagne’s gay adult website, JockTherapy.com.
Despite his previous roles, Magnum objected when Castagne “pressured” him to perform with another man in a “massage” themed video – with the actor’s defence team claiming he acted in self-defence, as Castagne attempted to sexually-assault him.
The director – who also featured in many of his films – was previous convicted of sexual performance by a child and fondling of a child after he asked a 16-year-old boy if he was interested in modelling and porn, and photographing his genitals.
His previous conviction is said to have influenced the jury into giving Magnum – a married father of two young children – a lighter sentence.
According to the Observer, Magnum’s defence team argued that Castagne’s conviction “showed a pattern of manipulative behaviour — ‘grooming’ — that would continue throughout Castagne’s interactions with clients, including Mangum.”
Earlier this year, a man found guilty of homophobic murder was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
Mark Carson, 32, was shot dead in New York’s West Village in 2013, after Elliot Morales approached him and his best friend and began spouting homophobic abuse.