Apologetic drug dealer gets 8 years

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Guam – Lovelia Mendoza’s contrite testimony has culminated in an 8-year prison sentence for the longtime drug dealer.

“I told my attorney not to ask for a sentence outside of the guidelines because I take full responsibility for my actions,” Mendoza said at her sentencing yesterday morning.

The 36-year-old was looking at a prison sentence of 10 years to life for dealing methamphetamine and cocaine. In what was described as a lucrative business at the expense of the community, Mendoza told the federal court: “I cannot go back to all the selfish acts that affected many people. I spent many years and hadn’t realized how hard I was trying to get through my daily life. I struggle every day to block everything I have been through as a child. I worked through those problems and lived in an imaginary world.”

Mendoza claimed that she first tried methamphetamine when she was 12 years old and picked up the drug habit six years ago. This habit would later become her livelihood. While on pre-trial release in 2017, she was discovered with 537.91 grams of ice, 30 grams of cocaine and $98,555 in cash.

She attributed her drug use to years of sexual and physical abuse, telling the crowd, “I used to drink, used to do drugs until my pre-sentence report. I realized I have done some wrongs. My decision making was clouded. I am sorry for everything I have put people through.”

After hearing Mendoza’s acceptance of responsibility, District Court Chief Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood took into consideration all of the aggravating factors and sentenced Mendoza to 97 months in prison — or 8.5 years with credit for time served.

During her imprisonment, Mendoza will receive substance abuse and mental health treatment. Mendoza thanked the court and government for catching her, calling it “a blessing in disguise.”

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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.