Court agrees to modify Torre release conditions

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Mark Torre Jr. (PNC file photo)

It appears that Mark Torre Jr.’s good behavior over the last four years has paid off as the court has agreed to modify the conditions of his release.

Mark Torre Jr.’s good behavior is just one of the reasons the court granted a motion to modify his bail conditions.

Torre was placed on house arrest and released on a $250,000 property bond after he was accused of shooting fellow police officer Elbert Piolo after a night of drinking in 2015 ended in tragedy.

Since then, his case has gone through trial and following an appeal, had the convictions of negligent homicide and aggravated assault overturned by the Supreme Court of Guam.

A decision and order from Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo states that as it stands, Torre is presently charged with negligent homicide and aggravated assault both with special allegation attached.

Torre remained released on the same conditions he was initially released on. But according to the court’s analysis Torre faced much more serious crimes when the court first determined his conditions of release.

The court stated that “while Torre is still charged with two severe violent crimes, he is no longer charged with murder, manslaughter or aggravated assault.”

Notwithstanding the less severe charges currently against Torre, Judge Bordallo has ordered that Torre be kept on house arrest. However, third party custodians will no longer need to supervise him when he is confined within the home.

The bail requirement of $165,000 is now vacated and the property bond will be returned.

In its place, a $10,000 unsecured bond has been set as bail.

Meanwhile, the motion to amend the indictment is still under the court’s review.

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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.