No jail time for former DOC officer

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Gerry Hocog is one of 13 individuals who were linked to a conspiracy to smuggle contraband, namely methamphetamine, into the Mangilao prison compound.

There’s no jail time for former DOC officer Gerry Hocog who pleaded guilty to official misconduct as a misdemeanor after taking a plea deal with the government.

Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola told Hocog “you’re getting a good deal.”

The remaining charges against him will be dismissed following his cooperation with authorities against the co-actors in the case.

Hocog is one of 13 individuals who were linked to a conspiracy to smuggle contraband, namely methamphetamine, into the Mangilao prison compound.

As part of the deal, the remaining charges against him will be dismissed as long as Hocog cooperates with authorities and testifies against the co-actors in the case. If he fully cooperates, he will be sentenced to one-year imprisonment all of which will be suspended with credit for time served.

Thirteen individuals were named in the indictment listing 51 charges varying from conspiracy to delivering a schedule two controlled substance, possession of a schedule two controlled substance, giving bribes, receiving bribes, official misconduct and destruction of evidence.

The indictment named five DOC officers: head of internal affairs Lt. Jeff Limo, Frankie Rosalin, Jerome San Nicolas, Gerry Hocog and Fermin Maritita — all of whom are no longer employed by the department.

Also indicted were Roxanne Hocog, Ronald Meno, Rosalina Hocog, Lian Cabrera, Paul Lynwood Johnson, Edward Crisostimo, Shawn Paul Johnson and Brunno Simmons.

In court, new developments were brought to light indicating that the case may be closer to resolution.

To date, Brunno Simmons, Roxanne Hocog, Ronald Meno, Roslina Hocog, Fermin Maritita, and Edward Crisostimo have all taken plea deals and it was noted that more are in the works.

According to Judge Sukola, Limo and Rosalin will also be taking plea deals.

As for Crisostimo, while he was sentenced early this week to house arrest in the federal case related to this case, he has yet to accept a plea deal locally.

In light of the sentence handed down in District Court, Sukola says that she may not accept a plea deal for Crisostimo if that deal does not involve jail time.

Meanwhile, the elusive Lian Cabrera who fled the jurisdiction shortly after her pre-trial release, has been captured by authorities.

Prosecutor Jeremy Kemper says that she was tracked by the FBI in Texas where she is being held by authorities on other matters. It is unclear when or if she will be brought back to Guam to answer to the charges.

Sentencing for all defendants in the case who have made a deal with the government will occur after all defendants have either taken a plea deal or trial in the matter concludes.

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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.