Crisostomo takes deal in DOC smuggling case

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Edward Crisostomo has turned his life around, according to his attorney, John Terlaje, who spoke positively about his client during sentencing.

Edward Crisostomo, a former Department of Corrections Guard accused of taking bribes and possession of a schedule two controlled substance, has accepted a plea deal.

“I messed up your honor, made the wrong decision in life, there’s nothing I can do to turn back time but I did seek self-help and completed treatment,” Crisostomo said.

Crisostomo has turned his life around, according to his attorney, John Terlaje, who spoke positively about his client during sentencing.

Crisostomo is one of 13 defendants connected to a conspiracy to smuggle contraband into the Department of Corrections. He is also the only one to be charged in federal court.

Already sentenced to three years probation for a case before the District Court of Guam, the plea deal he accepted in local court will run concurrently to the federal sentence.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola suspended the three-year sentence handed down in court this morning, giving Crisostomo credit for time served and placing him on three years probation.

He will be monitored through the U.S. Probation under the federal case and any violations would be adopted by the local court.

It was noted that he is one of the few in the case to accept two felony charges in the case, noting that co-actors in the case started with felony charges that were downgraded to misdemeanor charges as a result of plea agreements.

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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.