Lucille Torres sentenced to 45 months with credit for time served

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U.S. District Court (PNC News file photo)

A woman who has contributed to the indictments and convictions of at least five drug cases appeared in court to be sentenced in her own drug case. But just how much time she should be sentenced to based on her assistance was the focus of the hearing.

Lucille Torres has been labeled a snitch and drug dealer but her attorney Curtis Van de Veld pushed hard to have his client afforded the maximum amount of time taken off her sentence, stating she has provided substantial assistance to the federal and local government in at least five cases, one of which was the DOC contraband conspiracy case involving DOC officers and the late Louie Hocog, an inmate at DOC.

While the government agreed that the information she provided in the Untalan sisters drug case and the Quitigua case was helpful in garnering convictions, they believe that the downward departure afforded relative to the Quitigua case is substantial enough as the case is tied to the Hocog case.

The prosecution stated they took into account that she did provide information, she was a witness, and she was threatened. After hearing the arguments, Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood stated it is clear to the court that Torres has been truthful, complete, and reliable in the testimony she provided and her assistance was great, further noting that defense counsel has noted that she is at risk of injury because of her assistance.

While the government requested a 51-month prison term, the Chief Judge sentenced Torres to 45 months with credit for time served.

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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.