Piolo family did not file restitution claim in time, defense says

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Mark Torre Jr. (PNC file photo)

Mark Torre Jr. may not have to pay the restitution being requested of him in civil court for the wrongful death of fellow GPD officer Bert Piolo.

Guam – As you may recall, the family of slain officer Elbert Piolo had sought restitution in trial court initially requesting $1 million, however, Judge Michael Bordallo only ordered Torre to pay $4,960.

The family of Bert Piolo then took their claim for restitution to civil court in November 2017 suing Mark Torre Jr. for wrongful death.

In court today, Torre’s attorney Anita Arriola filed a motion to dismiss the civil suit on the basis that it was not filed in the time period required. According to the statute of limitations a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed within two years.

The next hearing is scheduled for February 28th.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.