October 26, 2022- Tamuning, Guam- Today, Judge Maria T. Cenzon sentenced Tyson Johnny Teliu to 10 years imprisonment, with credit for time served, at the Department of Corrections (DOC). It was noted during the hearing that the defendant threatened a man who gave him a ride with a pipe, demanded money from him, and then stole his car.
Assistant Deputy Attorney General (ADAG) Sean Brown argued for 10 years’ incarceration -the maximum sentence for Second Degree Robbery- noting the defendant’s history of violence, and his statement to police that he would find the victim and attack him once released from prison.
Teliu was convicted of Second Degree Robbery as a Second Degree Felony via plea agreement in March. He must serve a 3-year parole term after his release from DOC.
ADAG Brown said, “The People appreciate the sentence handed out by the Court and the questions the Court had for the Defendant. The Court made it very clear that while the conduct in the case warrants a heavy sentence, the goal is still to ensure that the Island is more likely to be safe after the defendant’s eventual rehabilitation. The sentence imposed also highlights that victims are still impacted by criminal conduct, even if they don’t have physical injuries.”
“Our prosecutors and law enforcement officers are dedicated to ensuring that criminals are held accountable,” said Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho. “The court’s sentence, the maximum sentence for robbery, reflects the seriousness of the defendant turning an act of kindness into an opportunity to commit a crime.”