Gines pleads not guilty in beating of DOC inmate

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Peter Gines is the third inmate to be accused in the case.

Guam – The third man accused of beating maximum security inmate Justin Meno has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder, aggravated assault and conspiracy.

Peter Gines, along with co-defendants Jeremiah Isezaki and Albert Santos II have maintained their innocence and will be heading to trial, but they may be tried separately.

Earlier this month, Santos asserted his rights to a speedy trial while Isezaki and Gines waived those rights.

In court, Gines’ attorney Samuel Tekker informed said that he will be filing a motion to sever his client’s case. The motion will be heard on September 14 at 10 am.

The three men were charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault, while Gines was additionally charged with conspiracy following an investigation into the beating which occurred in March at the Department of Corrections.

Meno was hospitalized and although he was unable to speak he was able to identify Isezaki and Santos as his attackers.

Gines was charged after further investigation allegedly linked him to the incident.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.