60-year-old asks court for compassionate release due to COVID concerns


A woman whose supervised release was revoked over a year ago is asking the court to have compassion and reduce her sentence.

60-year-old Violeta Manahan wants her 41-month federal prison sentence for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine reduced to time served.

Manahan signed a plea deal in 2017 and was placed on supervised release. However, her drug use led to the revocation of that release in July 2019.

She has remained in continuous custody since then, according to court documents, having served approximately 15 months.

The motion requests for her release from the Bureau of Prisons FCI Dublin in California, citing her deteriorating health and age puts her at a higher risk of severe illness due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her compassionate release request was denied by FCI Dublin, prompting her to ask Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood to grant her early release.

A hearing on the motion is pending.


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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.