4 months of prison time handed down to previously convicted sex trafficker

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Guam – Four months and two years’ probation, that is the sentence handed down on previously convicted sex trafficker Saknin Weria.

Since the circumstances of her second case are so unusual, Weria asked the Federal court’s mercy and discretion in handing down a sentence.

“This is not the typical illegal reentry case, and Ms. Weria is not the typical illegal reentry offender. She is deserving of the Court’s mercy and discretion,” stressed her attorney.

Saknin Weria was convicted in 2013 in federal court for conspiracy and in local court for felonious restraint for her role in holding girls hostage at the Blue House lounge where women, some minors, were subjected to prostitution.

In both cases, Weria was not sentenced to additional jail time and was instead given probation or a suspended sentence. She was, however, deported by federal authorities back to her home country of Chuuk.

But under the alleged direction of misinformation provided to her by a family member, Weria supposedly believed she could return to Guam to attend her father’s graduation ceremony. Upon arrival, she quickly learned that she had violated the law by returning after being deported.

Based on this violation, Weria was looking at a lengthy prison term, which would have cost tax payers more than 3-thousand dollars a month during incarceration.

 

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.