Acosta gets life sentence without parole

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Brandon Michael Acosta was was found guilty of the rape and murder of 15-year-old Timmica Nauta. (PNC file photo)

Labeled a monster by the family of slain 15-year-old Timicca Nauta, the man responsible for her heinous death will live out the rest of his days in prison.

Timicca Nauta’s aunt, Rosemarie Greisenger, took the stand this afternoon, stating: “What my niece Timicca went through that night, I do not wish upon anyone on this earth. As to the facts and evidence that he raped her…as she lay without life in her body proves that the defendant is evil to the core to do something so disgusting and vile an act.”

Brandon Michael Acosta told police that he was high on “ice” the night he entered Timmica’s makeshift home, raping and killing her two years ago.

Greisenger pleaded with Judge Vernon Perez to hand down a life sentence without the possibility of parole on Acosta.

And while the government requested 4 life sentences or 150 years in prison, ultimately Acosta was sentenced to one life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole for the four counts of aggravated murder plus an additional 45 years for the special allegations of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime and the home invasion charge.

Timicca’s family now feels justice is served.

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“Like the judge said, you only have one life. Timicca only had one life. It’s fine … life without parole … that’s what we were looking for. Life is so hard already as it is. His family, I know, they are going to be sad about everything. I feel sad for them but they got to understand where we are coming from. Because he did take somebody that we really love. We’re happy,” Greisenger said.

Chief prosecutor Lenny Rapadas is also happy with the outcome.

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“I feel good. I mean there really isn’t much leeway as far as the actual sentence is concerned with the charge. We, of course, were making an argument for four consecutive life sentences. You know it was a statement that we wanted to make that this is a very serious issue. But you know, again, basically, what the judge said is that the defendant is not going to be leaving DOC alive,” Rapadas said.

Acosta declined to make a statement during the sentencing, telling Judge Perez: “I’m good.”

Meanwhile, Acosta’s attorney William Pole indicated that they may take the case to the Supreme Court for an appeal.

Timicca’s family says that if an appeal does occur they will just have to take it as it comes.

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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.