Court admonishes OAG for mistakes in meth case

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A sentencing hearing Monday afternoon raised concerns from the court as it appears that the Office of the Attorney General has made several mistakes in the case and in the end, the defendant was given a break.

The case involves Steven Holbrook, a man implicated in drug crimes related to possession and distribution of methamphetamine. He was named as the “source” in another case involving cocaine which led officers to Holbrook.

A search of his residence unearthed 35 grams of methamphetamine and over $20,000  in cash.

Holbrook took a plea deal with the government last year but when it came time to file the sentencing memorandum last July, Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola stated that the AG erroneously named Holbrook’s brother Richard.

Then, on August 3rd, another sentencing memorandum was filed by the AG correctly identifying Steven. However, in that memo, the AG requested for a 5-year sentence which was increased to an 8-year sentence in a subsequent memo.

“The court is really concerned. I am seeing two separate sentencing memos, two defendants noted and the court is extremely concerned in reviewing the facts in the pleadings of both matters. I noted that the case number was correct. Unfortunately, a different defendant was noted,” the judge stated.

Sukola told the AG to take note and requested that they be careful in the future, noting that because these are public documents, an error such as this could destroy a person’s name and reputation.

Holbrook was sentenced to 5 years, all suspended with credit for time served.

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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.