Inmate seeks release from prison due to COVID-19

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A man who is three years into a 20-year federal drug sentence has asked the District Court of Guam to have compassion and release him in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Julian Robles was convicted for his role in smuggling over 3,100 grams of methamphetamine into the island, that’s roughly 1.5 million dollars worth of drugs.

This morning, he pleaded with District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood to have compassion in her heart for him and grant him early release from LOMPOC federal penitentiary.

His attorney, Brianna Kottke, shared that her client has a myriad of health issues. He was diagnosed with stage 2 kidney disease, liver disease, bipolar disorder and is borderline diabetic.

She also pointed out that he contracted COVID-19 in prison and has a high chance of reinfection if he is to remain in prison.

But the government contended that his health concerns don’t meet the threshold of being extraordinary and compelling reasons for his release.

They argued that he contributed to the deterioration of our island and has had violations while incarcerated.

The Chief Judge has taken the motion under advisement and will issue a decision by the end of the week.

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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.