AG to appeal Piolo restitution order

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The Attorney General’s office is fighting the recent decision made in the case of convicted killer Mark Torre Jr and what restitution he should pay to the family of slain Officer Elbert Piolo.

Guam – In March, former police officer Mark Torre Jr was convicted of negligent homicide as a third degree felony, and aggravated assault with possession or use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

But how much is a life that has been taken worth? Is it $4,960.00 or $1.8 million or perhaps another amount. That is what the prosecution is arguing.

During a restitution hearing held on August 2, Chief Prosecutor Phil Tydincgo stated that the loss of economic support endured by Piolo’s four children totals over $987-thousand dollars. That amount is based on Piolo’s annual base salary of $54,851 and does not factor in the salary he was earning as executive security for the LT Governor or his income as a business owner and musician.

Last month, Torre was ordered to pay five-thousand in restitution after the court agreed that lost wages are not recoverable under the criminal courts.

But the AG’s office doesn’t agree. On Tuesday they notified the Superior Court, that they will be filing an appeal to the restitution order with the Supreme Court of Guam.

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.