True Bill handed down on DOC Detainees accused of murdering Ernest

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Guam – A true bill was handed down by a Superior Court grand jury yesterday implicating seven DOC Detainees in the death of fellow detainee Manson Ernest.

Seven defendants and 19 charges are contained in an indictment handed down late Monday afternoon by a grand jury. The indictment pertains to the brutal beating and death of DOC detainee Manson Ernest at the Hagatna Detention Facility.

The indictment list 19 charges of murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault and criminal sexual conduct. It does not contain the charge of conspiracy as originally charged in the Magistrate complaint.

The defendants include detainees Marvin Rechim, Benster Benjamin, A-last Simiron, Isler Miller, Albert Babauta Santos II, Jimmy Moses Hadley, and Andrew James Rios.

All of the men with the exception of Rios were charged with Murder Manslaughter and aggravated assault. Rios was the only one to be charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct.

The charges stem from a homicide investigation which revealed that the detainees carried out an act of vigilante justice, indicating that they were making Ernest “pay for his crime” and that was the alleged sexual assault of a defenseless and vulnerable victim, a woman who had down syndrome. Ernest was subjected to six beatings that lasted an entire day and one sexual assault in which he was digitally penetrated. Ernest was discovered dead in his cell the following morning.

The defendants have been held on a $250,000 cash bail with the exception of Rios who is held on $100,000 cash bail.

SOURCEJolene Toves
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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.