Senator Therese Terlaje to review parole board procedures in Mafnas’ case

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Paul Santos Mafnas targeted minor girls, abducting them from bus stops and raping them. (PNC photo)

Did convicted sexual offender Paul Santos Mafnas Jr dupe the system or was the system flawed in this case? Senator Therese Terlaje is intent on pulling the lid off of the Parole Board to see what led to his early release.

Guam – To answer the question, “Did Mr. Mafnas meet the eligibility requirements for parole and were all of the parole procedures followed prior to his parole being granted?” Senator Therese Terlaje has sent a letter to Attorney General Leevin Camacho requesting assistance in reviewing parole procedures in Mafnas’ 1999 criminal case which stemmed from kidnapping and rape charges in 1996.

Mafnas was convicted in 1999 of kidnapping and raping several young girls, ranging age between 13 and 18 years old. He was sentenced to 27 years incarceration for the crimes. However he was released early in 2014 then, his 5 year parole term was cut short.

Terlaje says she believes a formal review of sentencing parole and treatment guidelines for sex offenders is in order and she is calling on stakeholders for input. In hopes of getting to the bottom of whether or not proper procedures were followed in the Mafnas case.

Specifically, she would like to know the following:
1. Did Mr. Mafnas complete eight-five (85) percent of his fixed sentence to be eligible for parole consideration?
2. Was a parole plan prepared and detailed for his parole desirability hearing?
3. Was a mental health evaluation or other professional evaluation required and provided prior to his parole desirability hearing?
4. 9 GCA § 80.76 details the “Standards Governing Release on Parole”. Were these standards followed and properly documented in this particular case?
5. Additionally, has the Attorney General’s office in the past provided training or guidance to parole board or parole officers as to how to handle sex offenders to ensure public safety?

“The Committee on Health, Tourism, Historic Preservation, Land and Justice is conducting a formal review of sentencing, parole, and treatment guidelines for sex offenses and asking stakeholders to give input. The Committee will be convening a roundtable with stakeholders including mental health professionals, the Judiciary, Parole Board, Department of Corrections, prosecution and Public Defenders to examine the current statutes and processes of parole on May 6th,” said Terlaje.

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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.