Ex-Yona Mayor Jesse Blas will have to wait another month before he is sentenced in federal court for drug-related extortion and bribery crimes.
Sentencing in the case was set for September 10th but with the current stay at home orders and travel restrictions, the government was granted a request to push Jesse Blas’ sentencing hearing back to sometime in October.
The need for the delay is also prompted by the government’s ability to secure the in-person testimony of their key witness — FBI informant Brenda Kinian.
As you may recall, Kinian was relocated off-island by the government for her protection prior to the indictment against the ex-mayor.
According to the FBI, the current travel restrictions have prevented the FBI from transporting Kinian back to Guam and they are unsure of when they will be able to.
The government also states that Blas’ attorney, Joseph Razzano, is opposed to having Kinian testify via teleconference video.
The motion further states: “The plea agreement in this case provides for a contested sentencing with respect to the quantity of the bribes paid to the Defendant for purposes of the application a sentencing enhancement and for forfeiture. Defense counsel, in a letter to the undersigned Assistant United States Attorney on August 3, 2020, requested that the Government make Ms. Kinian available as a Defense witness for Defendant’s sentencing.”