Guam – The case against the three men accused of beating Department of Corrections detainee Justin Meno has been dropped– at least for now. This decision comes as a result of a lack of evidence and was made just a few weeks away from trial.
A severely beaten Justin Meno may not have been able to speak after his brutal assault but according to court documents he was able to identify the men he believed attacked him through a photo line up. He nodded yes when showed pictures of Jeremiah Isezaki and Albert Santos II. Despite this confirmation from the victim, the case against Isezaki, Santos and a third defendant, Peter Gines, has been dismissed without prejudice.
Prosector Jeremy Kemper, in a motion, asked the court to provide a 30-day extension to allow evidence, described as possible blood matter found on clothes inside Isezaki’s cell, to be tested by the FBI. The items were sent since August 2017 but the FBI indicated that they have yet to complete the forensic testing.
Isezaki’s attorney Randal Cunliffe contends that the matter could possibly be sewage as court documents state the sewer lines within the maximum security unit were intentionally blocked, causing sewage to overflow into the unit. The sewage overflow led to the release of several inmates in Post 6 from their single holding cells to assist in the cleanup.
That same morning, Justin Meno was found severely beaten and hog tied in the open yard of Post 6. The beating was so severe that he spent several weeks in the ICU. When he awoke from a coma, Meno was unable to speak. Meno later passed away as a result of a tumor in his throat and not from injuries sustained during the beating.
Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo has granted the dismissal without prejudice relieving each defendant of all pre-trial release conditions.
A day after this case was dismissed Albert Santos was re-arrested on implications that he was involved in the beating and death of DOC Detainee Manson Ernest.