GUAM’S DEPARTING CAMACHO PARDONS BROTHER-IN-LAW

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GUAM’S DEPARTING CAMACHO PARDONS BROTHER-IN-LAW Relative among eight outgoing governor’s pardons

By Oyaol Ngirairikl HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, Dec. 30, 2010) – In Guam yesterday, Governor Felix Camacho pardoned his brother-in-law and a drunken driver who killed a woman.

Camacho also pardoned six other people. They were convicted of various crimes including drug possession, theft of a motor vehicle, and theft by receiving a vehicle, burglary and assault.

The pardons are a result of a lengthy process that led to recommendations to the Governor from the Pardon Review Board, according to a press release from the Governor's office.

Phone calls to the board were not answered.

The Governor's office confirmed that Anthony Gumataotao Garcia is Camacho's brother-in-law. Garcia was convicted on several charges, including theft of property and possession of schedule II controlled substances, according to documents provided by the governor's office.

Garcia completed the residential substance abuse treatment program at the Department of Corrections and the recommended Aftercare Program, documents state. Garcia also paid court fines and completed 150 hours of community service.

Benny San Agustin Blas was convicted of vehicular homicide while intoxicated. Police arrested Blas in October 1998 after the death of a 45-year-old Tamuning woman, according to Pacific Daily News files.

Karen Lo died October 7, 1998, after being in a head-on collision on September 27, 1998, on Route 10A, files state. Witnesses said Blas was driving on the wrong side of the road and police later confirmed he had been driving while intoxicated.

Blas was sentenced to five years in prison and three years special parole. According to documents from the governor's office, he had served his imprisonment term and successfully completed other terms and conditions associated with his sentence.

The six others who received pardons were:

Rosalyn J. Anderson who pleaded guilty to assault;

Billy P. Chiguina who was convicted of third-degree robbery and attempted theft;

Philip Christopher Cruz who was convicted of possession of a schedule II controlled substance;

Paulito P. De Joya who was convicted of possession of a firearm without an identification card and theft by receiving a motor vehicle;

Marc Richard Magpantay Tabet who was convicted of burglary and driving while intoxicated; and

Jeremiah J. O. Manley: Convicted of theft of a motor vehicle and theft by receiving a motor vehicle

Charlene Calip, governor's spokesperson, confirmed that the governor had taken action on two other people convicted of crimes.

In August 2010 he pardoned Michelle Maizano. No other information was available on Maizano.

In 2008 Camacho commuted the prison sentence for former Guam Mass Transit Authority Deputy Director Antonio Diaz, according to PDN files. Diaz was found guilty of one felony and one misdemeanor and was convicted in 2005 of theft and official misconduct for having used his Mass Transit-issued credit card for more than US$9,000 in personal purchases, including airfare for his wife and daughter and a computer. The credit-card abuse was brought to the public's attention in July 2001 by Camacho, who was chairman of the legislative transportation committee at the time, files state. It also was the subject of an audit by the Office of the Public Auditor the same month, which concluded that Diaz and Mass Transit General Manager Tony Martinez both used their government credit cards for personal purchases.

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