Defendant in Mes CHamoru incident gets 10 years

Jonathan Ross Pangelinan was sentenced to 10 years with 3 years suspended for the death of Leebrick Manglona in March 2018.

Convicted of murdering another man during a Mes CHamoru celebration Jonathan Ross Pangelinan was sentenced to ten years in jail but he will not serve the full sentence.

Pangelinan will serve about 7 years in prison after the court showed leniency in suspending 3 years out of the 10-year sentence imposed, with credit for time served.

Pangelinan was convicted for the death of Leebrick Manglona in March 2018. The sentence handed down was the result of a plea deal Panglinan took with the government.

Manglona and two other coworkers were drinking when Pangelinan and Manglona got into an altercation. Pangelinan repeatedly punched and kicked Manglona, even after Manglona was helpless on the ground.

At the sentencing hearing, Prosecuting attorney Jeremy Kemper said, “There is nothing that can be said or done by this Court to bring Leebrick back, which is what every person in this room would prefer. The only thing this Court can do is find justice for Leebrick.”

“The Court’s sentence today should send a message to the people of Guam that the taking of a human life, no matter the circumstances, will be taken very seriously. I hope that Leebrick’s
family can now find some peace now that the court proceedings have resolved.” said Kemper.

Prosecuting attorney Leonardo Rapadas handled the conviction via plea agreement back in December when Pangelinan pled guilty to manslaughter.


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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.