Accused murderer takes plea deal with government

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Guam – A man accused of murdering another man during a Mes Chamorro celebration has taken a deal with the government.

Leebrick Manglona was celebrating Chamorro month during a company event at Atkins Kroll earlier this year and while it began with joy, the celebration ended in tragedy as Manglona’s life was cut short in an physical altercation with fellow co-worker Jonathan Ross Pangelinan.

Charged with murder and aggravated assault, Pangelinan was supposed to begin trial this week but moments before jury selection, he struck a deal with the government. While Pangelinan accepts responsibility for Manglona’s death, the plea agreement recognizes that he did not intend on killing Manglona.

The night that Manglona was murdered, police day that the two men were involved in a fist fight and Pangelinan had attempted to cover up the attack by claiming Manglona started the fight after Pangelinan returned from a beer run.

But his claim of self defense was short lived as police allegedly showed Pangelinan the surveillance footage which depicted Pangelinan continuing to assault Manglona while he was on the ground. That’s when Pangelinan changed his story. The report says both men were fighting each other when Manglona fell to the ground. From there, Pangelinan is accused of repeatedly kicking and punching Magnlona in the head and chest area. At one point, while Manglona is in the fetal position, Pangelinan allegedly punched Manglona in the head which caused it to bounce off the pavement.

Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Aurelio Espinola says these repeated blows to Manglona’s head is what caused his death, noting he died of a subarachnoid hemorrhage or bleeding of the brain. He ruled Manglona’s death a homicide.

As a result of the plea deal Pangelinan faces 3 to 15 years in prison.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.