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.