Former Yona mayor’s motion for release denied again by federal court

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Former Yona mayor Jesse Blas has been incarcerated since his Sept. 24 arrest on federal extortion-related drug charges.

Former Yona Mayor Jesse Blas’ motion for release was denied again by the federal court which stated that while his situation has changed since he was initially detained, he still hasn’t proved that he is not a flight risk or a danger to the community.

The former mayor has been incarcerated since his Sept. 24 arrest on federal extortion-related drug charges. He is waiting to be sentenced, according to a plea deal he accepted in February.

With the sentencing hearing not until Aug. 10, Blas asked to be temporarily released to allow him to take care of personal matters prior to being sentenced and sent off-island to a federal prison.

He argued that there is no area where he may sit in private without any other inmates, lawyers, or officers present to discuss his case. He added that he is not receiving the medical care he needs from the Department of Corrections.

But District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood denied the motion, stating that his arguments do not address the risk of flight or danger posed to the community.

Although she denied the motion, the Chief Judge indicated that she is concerned by the assertions Blas has made in his motion and has set a status conference for May 21 to address the concerns.

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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.