Agababa on release: “It’s not what I wanted but it’s what I needed”


PNC: How do you feel about the dismissal of the charges against you?  “It’s not what I wanted but it’s what I needed,” replied Allan Aloan Agababa.

Guam – For the last four years, Allan Agababa has been incarcerated based on accusations that he murdered his mother Shelly Bernstein in 2013. He has not said a word to the public since his incarceration.

With two plastic trash bags full of belongings he made his trek down the infamous Department of Corrections (DOC) green line, which led him towards his freedom.

PNC: How does it feel to be a free man?

“Its been too long,” shared Agababa.

PNC: How do you feel about the dismissal of the charges against you?

“It’s not what I wanted but it’s what I needed,” replied Agababa.

His step-grandfather, Rafael Lujan was just released from the hospital and waited nearly two hours to welcome his grandson with open arms and delight.

“I feel good I took care of Allan since he was two words more than his mother did that why I know Allan had no problem, he had a clean record. He went to Thailand he was fighting over there I went three times he was there beating those Thailand boys,” proudly stated his grandpa.

Since the accusations against his grandson were made Lujan never missed an opportunity to visit Agababa in prison nor did he ever loose faith in his grandson’s innocence.

Lujan shared, “I see him mostly all the time I know I visited him, he must feel good, he hasn’t talked to me today, because I just got out of the hospital.”

PNC: Were you afraid that he may have never gotten released? No, I had a feeling that he was going to get released,” replied Lujan.

Thursday night, Agababa was a man of few words, but his excitement could be seen as he waived to his grandpa, the last remaining family he has on island.

PNC: What do you plan on doing next? “Spending time with the family right now,” stated Agababa

And according to his grandpa, that included a nice family dinner before heading home.


SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.