Thursday, 11 May 2017

30-year sentence stands for ex-cop David Manila

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Former cop, David Manila, did not make a statement to the court in his sentencing hearing today, but his 30-year sentence still stands.

Guam - David Manila was convicted in September 2013, along with other police officers, in the high profile Blue House prostitution ring case. Manila openly admitted in Federal Court to paying for sex.

In Superior Court today, his attorney, Terrence Timblin, argued that the Supreme Court’s order for re-sentencing could have been with the intention to reduce Manila’s sentence. Timblin made the recommendation of 15 years, saying "People who have done much worse have done less than 15 years. For that reason, I ask the court to reduce his sentence to 15 years."

Last month, Manila’s co-defendant, Anthony Quenga was sentenced to 30 years for his involvement. A third police officer, Mario Laxamana, signed a plea deal with the Attorney General's Office in exchange for no prison time. Due to the seriousness of Manila's crimes, Judge Anita Sukola said a 30-year sentence was appropriate.

Manila was given the maximum sentence for most of the charges: conspiracy to commit kidnapping as a first-degree felony (15 years), 5 counts of kidnapping as a first-degree felony (15 years), 5 counts of felonious restraint as a third-degree felony (3 years for each count), 5 counts of compelling prostitution as a third-degree felony (3 years for each count), first-degree criminal sexual conduct (30 years), second-degree criminal sexual conduct (15 years), official misconduct as a misdemeanor (1 year), all to be run concurrently with credit for time served and with the possibility of parole.

Manila is also subject to regular HIV and DNA testing, and to be registered in the Sex Offender Registry for life.

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