Reselap sentenced to 24 years, Rachulap 12 years for machete attacks

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.