Brenda Kinian court documents sealed

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Documents in the case involving the woman who is linked to the arrest of Yona Mayor Jesse Blas have been sealed.

A day after the indictment of Brenda Kinian was unsealed in the District Court of Guam, the government filed an “application to seal” motion filed on November 5, 2019.

According to court transcripts, the government indicated that the reasons for the request were stated in the motion.

Those reasons, however, were not disclosed as Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood granted the application on Wednesday.

Court documents pointed towards Kinian as being the informant identified as Brenda by the FBI during the detention hearing of Yona Mayor Jesse Blas.

While the FBI has not disclosed Brenda’s last name, Kinian was granted a motion to travel to Yap at the U.S. Attorney General’s request, believing that her security was at risk. The request was made on Aug. 1, 2019, for a period of 90 days or upon summons of the court.

Yona Mayor Jesse Blas was indicted on drug-related extortion and bribery charges on Sept. 18, 2019.

He remains detained at the order of Judge Tydingco-Gatewood who said Blas’ pre-trial release would pose a danger to the community as well as the government’s witnesses.

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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.