Murder charges against Santos in prison death case dismissed

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Guam – At least one detainee implicated in the murder of Department of Corrections detainee Manson Ernest will be going home tonight a free man.

Albert Santos II was one of eight individuals charged in the death of Ernest. Yesterday, the government filed a motion to dismiss the case and today Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola granted the dismissal.

According to Arriola, “further investigation by the prosecution revealed that a conviction against Mr. Santos for the murder charges is unlikely. In short, witnesses provided information to the prosecution which exculpates Mr. Santos in causing the death of the inmate.”

Santos has maintained his innocence in this case and denies any participation in events which led to the death of the inmate.

“We are grateful to the Attorney General prosecution division for ensuring justice is served, and for recognizing that sometimes people are, indeed, inappropriately charged, and that such cases should be dismissed when the evidence supports dismissal,” said Arriola.

Santos is to be released from DOC custody tonight.

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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.