Sentencing delayed in Mantanona jury tampering case

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U.S. District Court (PNC News file photo)

Sentencing has been delayed in the federal case involving jury tampering in the trial of convicted drug smugglers Raymond Martinez and Juanita Moser.

William Topasna Mantanona pleaded guilty to making a false statement in relation to the tampering of a juror identified in court as Greg.

Mantanona was let off the hook for jury tampering as a result of taking the deal. He faces up to 5 years behind bars for the crime but the US Probation office is recommending he serve only 6 months incarceration followed by 2 years of supervised release.

But how much time he will receive will not be known until later this month. The sentencing hearing began today, with Mantanona’s attorney William Gavras telling the court that his client was not actively engaged in helping his brother — former police officer John “Boom” Mantanona — tamper with the jury as portrayed in the pre-sentence investigation report.

But before legal counsels could argue their position on the sentencing range, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood continued the proceeding unexpectedly.

The hearing has been continued to January 26.

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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.

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