Judge wants to move forward with DOC contraband conspiracy case

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The next court date for all defendants is set for November 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Guam – While Liana Cabrera remains on the run from authorities for her alleged role in the conspiracy to promote major prison contraband, the courts are moving forward with the 12 other defendants implicated in the case.

You may recall that Gerry Hocog’s case was severed earlier this week, but for the remaining 12 defendants scheduled to be tried together, time is of the essence as Jerome San Nicolas asserted his right to a speedy trial.

His attorney Thomas Fisher requested for a trial date to be set stating, quote, ” my client is driving the train because he has asserted.”

Judge Vernon Perez however, continued San Nicolas’ trial setting until Wednesday, indicating that there may be a possibility of trying the case along side Gerry Hocog in December.

Meanwhile, Shawn Paul Johnson the man alleged to be one of the main conspirators was finally arraigned today,he pleaded not guilty to all charges. Johnson not only has this pending case but he has also been implicated in 5 other cases related to prison contraband, as well as charges in federal court.

As for Roxanne Hocog, she has secured representation by former US Attorney General Clyde Lemmons.

The next court date for all defendants is set for November 1 at 1:30 p.m.

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.