Joshua Perez sentenced to 6 years; 5 years for committing felony while on felony release

The Superior Court of Guam sentenced Joshua Brandon Perez today to six years imprisonment at the Department of Corrections.
At trial, a jury found the defendant guilty of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance as a Third-Degree Felony. The defendant later admitted that he committed the offense while on release in another felony matter.

“This is someone who has repeatedly broke the law. While we understand that addiction is a disease, it is not an excuse to continue breaking the law,” said Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Phelps.

At the sentencing hearing, the court acknowledged that the defendant had previously been sentenced to 8 years in prison for an Aggravated Assault conviction. The court also noted that the defendant was on pre-trial release at the time this crime was committed for attempting to burglarize a home.

“If you are on pre-trial release for a violent or invasive crime, there will be more severe consequences,” said Attorney General Leevin Taitano Camacho. “We want to thank the court for taking into consideration that the defendant committed this crime while under order in a felony case to obey all the laws of Guam.”