Sentencing in drug smuggling case delayed

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

Sentencing has been delayed for William Topasna Matanona to next year. He and his brother, ex-police officer John “Boom” Matanona, were indicted for tampering with the jury in the case involving the attempted smuggling of 8 pounds of methamphetamine into our island.

William Matanona made a deal with the federal government in January, admitting to charges related to jury tampering in the trial of Raymond Martinez and Juanita Mozer.

He pled guilty to making a false statement, which is a class C felony offense carrying a prison term of a maximum five years. The deal lets him off the hook for obstruction of justice by endeavoring to influence a juror and no further charges can be brought against him in relation to the case.

He was supposed to be sentenced on November 4th but Matanona’s attorney, William Gavras, has been granted a request to delay the hearing. In light of the public health emergency restrictions, District Court Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood provided the extension to allow Matanona to call witnesses to the stand for in-person testimony.

The sentencing hearing is set for January 13, 2021.


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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.