High profile DOC contraband case to go to trial in May

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Department of Corrections (PNC file photo)

Guam – There are several developments in the Department of Corrections prison contraband conspiracy case leaving three out of the dozen individuals implicated to stand trial in May.

4 have taken plea deals, three more are anticipated to accept government offers, that leaves three to stand trial in the high profile prison contraband conspiracy case.

It was indicated in court that Shawn Paul Johnson and Jerome San Nicolas are working on a deal with the government. Meanwhile, Edward Crisostimo has plead guilty in federal court to charges related to the case, now the local government is offering a plea deal which will be rolled into Crisostimo’s federal plea deal.

As for Lian Cabrera she has been on the run since the day she was released on pre-trial conditions, but has apparently reached out to the Attorney General’s office through an unsolicited email.

“She is aware of the court proceedings however, she may not be in the jurisdiction of Guam,” stated prosecutor James Collins.

Out of the three individuals headed to trial Frankie Rosalin’s attorney Anthony Perez has motioned for discovery. He is asking for all discovery related to cooperating witness statements, plea agreements entered by co-defendants, police reports and all other reports of defendants in the case, and information regarding evidence collected through cell phones confiscated in the case.

Further proceedings set for January 23rd.

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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.