Guam – Mateo Sardoma has entered a plea of guilty to “felon in possession of a firearm” and “possessing Methamphetamine”.
The guilty pleas were entered in Federal District Court Friday.
Sardoma was the alleged “kingpin” of a drug conspiracy. He was found guilty of drug trafficking last October along with his girlfriend, Maria Cristina Edrosa and his alleged right hand man, Rudy P.H. Sablan.
However, the conviction was under threat of being overturned by allegations of Jury misconduct. The Court is still pursuing those allegations.
Sardoma’s attorney Curtis Van de Veld said told PNC News that this guilty plea supersedes the verdict. He said he agreed to enter the guilty plea because Sardoma will now face only 11 years in prison, rather than the life imprisonment he faced previously.
Van de Veld also said that cost was a factor for the court which lead to District Court Judge Francis Tydingco-Gatewood’s decision to accept the guilty plea.