Court considering revocation of meth addict’s supervised release

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The District Court is considering whether a man struggling with a drug addiction should have his supervised release revoked after the man told the court that he’s sorry for succumbing to his addiction to meth which eases his pain.

James William Pangelinan violated the conditions of his supervised release 15 times, testing positive for either methamphetamine or marijuana, says US Attorney Rosanna San Nicolas.

San Nicolas is asking the court for 14 months incarceration at a Bureau of Prisons for 13 of the violations as two were dismissed in court this morning.

Pangelinan’s attorney, Leilani Lujan, disagrees with the government’s request, saying that 12 months and 1 day would be sufficient especially given the current COVID-19 pandemic.

She argued that imprisoning Pangelinan will place him at risk for exposure and infection to the coronavirus.

It was pointed out that on Guam, one DOC officer recruit already tested positive.

Pangelinan pleaded with the court for his continued supervised release, telling Magistrate Judge Michael Bordallo that he’s worried about exposure and doesn’t want to return to Guam in a “body bag.”

Judge Bordallo has taken the matter under advisement.

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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.