The two brothers responsible for the Mangilao machete attack last June are facing decades behind bars.
Emmanuel Reselap and Jordan Rachulap appeared in court to face the consequences of their actions which they say was aggravated by intoxication and poor judgment.
A remorseful Reselap addressed the court asking his victims for forgiveness and the court to show leniency.
“There is no excuse for me to attack innocent people and I know I deserve to be punished. I take full responsibility for the things that happened that day. I was drunk and knocked out and don’t remember much after that,” Reselap said.
A teary-eyed Reselap apologized to each victim in the case for the damages to the vehicles, the fear he incited, and for stabbing his cousin Erson Reselap.
But they are not the only ones he asked forgiveness from.
“To all of you on the road that day please forgive me, you did not deserve that. I would especially like to say I am sorry to the Micronesian Chuukese community because I made you look bad by my actions. Your honor I take full responsibility for my actions and there is no one to blame but myself,” Reselap said.
Reselap asked the court for leniency while one victim, Dr. Judith Guthertz, requested for the maximum sentence, stating: “Whenever serious offenders get a mere slap on the hand, the victims of their actions get a slap in the face.”
Jordan Rachulap was sentenced to 12 years in prison, parole in 6 years, and a $3000 fine while Emmanuel Reselap was sentenced to 24 years, parole in 6 years, and a $5,000 fine.