Yona mayor sentencing moved to October

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Former Yona mayor Jesse Blas

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.”

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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.