Former Yona Mayor Jesse Mendiola Blas was sentenced to 37 months in jail Thursday.
Blas pleaded responsible to at least one rely of extortion beneath shade of official proper. He was indicted on six counts of extortion and 7 counts of Journey Act bribery.
Relying on what the courtroom determined was an correct quantity of bribes paid to Blas, he confronted a special vary of doable jail time.
In line with the prosecution, Blas confronted 30 to 37 months in jail. Assistant U.S. Lawyer Laura Sambataro said Blas acquired $11,700 from the informant throughout the investigation, which is above the 6,500 threshold that triggers a extra extreme punishment.
Razzano mentioned in his filings Blas confronted a sentencing vary of 18 to 24 months Blas’ plea settlement states informant Brenda Kinian gave him $300. Razzano has said that the plea settlement makes it clear the quantity of bribes could be contested.
In the beginning of Thursday’s listening to, Razzano mentioned they wouldn’t contest the bribe quantities anymore.
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Chief Decide Frances Tydingco-Gatewood indicated final week she might sentence Blas to greater than the 30 to 37 month vary, primarily based on what she heard from Kinian, the federal government informant.
After listening to from Blas, Tydingco-Gatewood on Thursday settled on a 37-month jail with credit score for time served.
She mentioned she thought-about Sambataro’s evaluation of the case and thought of Blas’ medical situations.
Blas mentioned throughout his sentencing on Thursday that he was very remorseful for his actions.
“In fact, I simply wished some cash,” Blas mentioned whereas addressing the courtroom. “ I ought to’ve recognized higher. I’ll by no means do that once more.”
The decide really useful Blas serve his time in Hawaii or in California. There is no such thing as a federal facility in Hawaii and whether or not Blas will probably be incarcerated there, will probably be as much as the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Tydingco-Gatewood additionally instructed Blas to write down a letter of apology to the group of Yona.
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