Stephanus gets 10 years for stabbing fellow worker to death

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Brandy Stephanus

Brandy Stephanus has been sentenced to ten years in prison for stabbing a co-worker to death in a fight at their Yigo barracks last year.

He was sentenced after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Stephanus hung his head low, only raising it to tell the court his version of the events that transpired when he stabbed Randy Tomei with a knife.

“I didn’t think I was going to do that, what happened. I feel sorry for the family… he continued I am not a great person to do that,” he said.

Stephanus told Superior Court Judge Michael Bordallo that the reason it happened was because he was drunk. They had an argument and Tomei followed him to his door blocking it. It was then that he said he “poked” Tomei with the knife.

“I’m guilty for that,” he said.

Stephanus took a deal with the government, pleading guilty to the lesser included charge of manslaughter as a first-degree felony.

While the government asked for 12 years and the defense requested an 8 years prison sentence, Judge Bordallo made the decision to meet them in the middle.

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“Obviously we prefer the eight years but I believe the judge weighed out all the factors presented to the court this morning so right now we feel the sentence was fair but obviously we will be speaking to the client soon,” defense attorney William Jones said.

Stephanus received 10 years incarceration with credit for time served.

To date, he has served 377 days and for the remainder of his sentence, he will be recommended to take part in an alcohol treatment rehabilitation program.

Following his incarceration, he will be placed on a 5-year supervised release.

Jones says his client is not a U.S. citizen. In light of this, he could face deportation for the offense.

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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.