AG Disappointed With Judge Sukola’s 7 Year Sentence for Tuncap

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Guam – The Guam Attorney General is not pleased with the sentence imposed on Joesph G. Tuncap.

Assistant AG Nelson Werner asked for a sentence of 45 years in prison for the 56 year old who has been convicted of  3 counts of burglary over the course of one month and has a record of crime that stretches back to 1971.

However, Judge Anita Sukola sentenced Tuncap to just 7 years.

Friday, the Attorney General’s Office issued a statement expressing “ disappointment in the sentence” and pointed out that since Tuncap has already served 2 years in prison, he will  “only serve another five years.”

The statement for the AG reads, in part: “The Office of the Attorney General wishes to express its disappointment in the sentence handed down by the Court … the jury agreed that Joseph Tuncap was a career criminal with a very long history of burglary … The People sought a sentence of 45 years, the maximum sentence permitted under the law, in an effort to protect the our island community for a period of time consistent with the defendant’s proven history.”

READ the statement from the Guam Attorney General in FULL below:

The Office of the Attorney General wishes to express its disappointment in the sentence handed down by the Court today in the People v. Joseph Tuncap. Tuncap was convicted by the jury of three counts of burglary committed over a period of less than a month.  He broke into three local businesses- causing significant damage to each business in the process- and attempted to steal a significant amount of cash and property.

The jury agreed that Joseph Tuncap was a career criminal with a very long history of burglary. These last crimes were committed while he was on probation from federal charges in which he burglarized 16 separate Guam businesses. His criminal history began in 1971 and has continued without interruption, except when incarcerated.

The People sought a sentence of 45 years, the maximum sentence permitted under the law, in an effort to protect the our island community for a period of time consistent with the defendant’s proven history. The seven year sentence imposed by the court, with approximately two years credit for time served, means he will only serve another five years.

The Office of the Attorney General wishes to express its disappointment in the sentence handed down by the Court today in the People v. Joseph Tuncap. Tuncap was convicted by the jury of three counts of burglary committed over a period of less than a month.  He broke into three local businesses- causing significant damage to each business in the process- and attempted to steal a significant amount of cash and property.

 

The jury agreed that Joseph Tuncap was a career criminal with a very long history of burglary. These last crimes were committed while he was on probation from federal charges in which he burglarized 16 separate Guam businesses. His criminal history began in 1971 and has continued without interruption, except when incarcerated.

 

The People sought a sentence of 45 years, the maximum sentence permitted under the law, in an effort to protect the our island community for a period of time consistent with the defendant’s proven history. The seven year sentence imposed by the court, with approximately two years credit for time served, means he will only serve another five years.