Judge again denies motion to release former Yona mayor

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Former Yona mayor Jesse Blas has been incarcerated since his Sept. 24 arrest on federal extortion-related drug charges.
Judge Tydingco-Gatewood’s order

District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood has again denied a bid by former Yona Mayor Jesse Blas to be released from prison for health reasons.

Earlier, the judge had said she might reconsider her initial refusal to release Blas but prosecutors said that they received assurances that the former mayor was getting the treatment he needs for his medical conditions at DOC.

Judge Tydingco-Gatewood issued her denial this afternoon writing that the “defendant has not shown that his access to necessary medical services falls so far below the minimum standard of care as to warrant an exception.”

She concluded that Blas’ motion for temporary release pending sentencing “is simply not authorized by statute.”

Blas will have to remain in jail until his sentencing on federal extortion charges in August.

This Saturday, May 30, The Guam Election Commission is conducting a special election in Yona to select a new Mayhor for that village.

Votes can be cast at M.U. Lujan Elementary School. The poll there opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 8 p.m.

GEC says results should be available Saturday evening after the poll closes.

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