Blue House Case Sentencing Date Vacated On Guam

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Defense lawyers file motions, hearing scheduled for Nov. 22

By Gina Tabonares-Reilly

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, Nov. 5, 2013) – The Nov. 8 sentencing date for two former Guam police officers who were convicted in connection with the Blue House Lounge kidnapping, prostitution and rape case was vacated yesterday pending the outcome of the two motions filed by defense attorneys.

Anthony Quenga and David Manila were in the courtroom of Judge Anita Sukola yesterday for the hearing of a motion for a new trial and motions to reduce the sentences.

Quenga’s lawyer, Sylvia Stake, filed the motion for a new trial on Oct. 8 while Manila’s counsel, Terence Timblin, yesterday filed a motion to reduce the first three charges of second-degree felony.

During the hearing, Stake told the court that she will file a rejoinder to the motion filed by Timblin.

Stake was told by the court to submit her memo by Nov. 8 and gave the Assistant Attorney General the same date to file his opposition to the two motions.

A reply to the opposition is due on Nov. 15 and the corresponding response is due Nov. 20.

Sukola scheduled the motion hearing for Nov. 22 at 11 a.m. She said that only until after the motion hearing can she set a date for the sentencing.

Quenga and Manila were convicted on Sept. 19 after three weeks of trial and four days of jury deliberation.

At least nine women from Chuuk testified against Manila and Quenga, and told the jury that they were forced and intimidated to work in a brothel.

The two cops were charged with conspiracy to commit kidnapping; kidnapping; conspiracy to commit felonious restraint; conspiracy to compel prostitution; compelling prostitution; conspiracy to promote prostitution; promoting prostitution; first-degree criminal sexual conduct; second-degree criminal sexual conduct; attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct; attempted second-degree criminal sexual conduct; criminal intimidation; and official misconduct.

They were initially indicted with Song Ja Cha owner of the now-defunct Blue House Lounge who was convicted in federal court and is now scheduled for a separate trial in the Superior Court of Guam in April 2014.

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