Potential suspect released from prison after inmate’s beating

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Justin Meno was found outside his jail cell with his hands and feet tied behind his back.

Guam – One of the potential suspects in the prison beating Justin Meno, another inmate, was apparently released from jail even as Department of Corrections internal affairs investigators had received intel that he may be involved.

But based on DOC records, that inmate, Jeremiah Isezaki was a federal detainee and not a local one.

No criminal charges have been filed as of yet, but an internal affairs investigation conducted by the Department of Corrections drops some bombshells into what may have really happened the day prisoner Justin Meno was nearly killed at the maximum security unit. One Corrections Officer, Benjamin Urquizu has been fired for allegedly failing to follow protocol at DOC which led to the brutal beating of Meno.

 

But it’s what Urquizu allegedly told another officer that could indicate who may be responsible. The report says that another officer was interviewed and that officer claims Urquizu divulged that Meno’s assault had been orchestrated by fellow inmates Jeremiah Isezaki, J. Santos, Ermino Jack and Mike Brown.

But even after these names were repeatedly dropped in the investigation, at least one of them was released from prison a few weeks later, namely Isezaki.

According to the investigation, right around the very hour that Meno was assaulted at the maximum security yard, Isezaki was seen going in and out of the yard door. Isezaki wasn’t the only one outside of his cell at the time. In fact there were multiple inmates outside–which based on DOC policies–would clearly breach protocol since Post 6 prisoners are on lockdown 23 hours a day and are only let out on a staggered basis for just one hour at a time.

That detail about Isezaki entering and exiting the Post 6 yard door was revealed on March 30, just one day after Meno’s assault. Then, about two weeks later, on April 14, is when Urquizu’s claims that Isezaki was part of the conspiracy was revealed.

Six days later, Isezaki was released.

According to official records, in 2014, Isezaki was sentenced to four years in prison for felon in possession of a firearm. He spent time in a federal detention center in the states but was released early for good behavior. But in 2016, while on probation, he tested positive for drug use and was sent back to DOC on November 15 of that year. He was then released about five months later on April 20—or three weeks after Meno’s assault.

He had been out on probation but was just sent back to prison on May 24 ago for drug use and for failing to show up to a scheduled counseling the day before on May 23.

According to DOC records, Isezaki is a federal detainee and therefore the local DOC officers have no control over his incarceration.