Supreme Court affirms decision in machete attack case

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Guam – The Supreme Court of Guam has affirmed the judgment handed down on Benny Sam Robert, according to a decision issued Friday.

Robert was involved in a machete attack in 2016.

According to court documents, Robert attacked Jose S. Villagomez who was preparing to drive out of a parking lot.

Using the weapon, Robert struck the back, driver’s window, and driver’s side of the vehicle. He also struck Villagomez’s arm.

Robert appealed his conviction of terrorizing in the second-degree and his sentence for three separate special allegations for the use of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony.

According to court documents, Robert said that insufficient evidence existed to support his conviction for terrorizing.

He further argued that his sentence was illegal. Robert said he should have been sentenced to a single special allegation for the use of a deadly weapon rather than a special allegation attaching to all three felony convictions.

The Supreme Court, however, disagreed citing that sufficient evidence existed to support the terrorizing conviction.

Based on this, the court affirmed Robert’s conviction and sentence.

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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.