Cruz takes plea deal in kidnapping and assault case

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Brian Kevin Cruz will plead guilty to family violence as a felony and felony while on felony release as part of the deal with the government.

There will be no trial in the case involving the kidnapping and assault of Piatra Tuncap as negations on a deal were reached late yesterday afternoon.

“He wishes to apologize to Ms. Pia Tuncap as well as her parent and stepfather for what has occurred,” stated attorney Doug Moylan on behalf of his client, Brian Kevin Cruz.

Cruz will plead guilty to family violence as a felony and felony while on felony release as part of the deal with the government. Moylan put it on the record, stating that the formal plea will be submitted to the court.

The deal calls for the dismissal of the car theft-related charges and credit for time served. Cruz is facing a sentencing range of 8 to 18 years based on the deal.

Superior Court Judge Vernon Perez has set a change of plea hearing for Jan. 7.

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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.