The girlfriend of one of the Department of Corrections officers allegedly involved in a scheme to smuggle drugs and contraband into DOC in exchange for bribes and methamphetamine appeared yesterday at the Northern Satellite Court for a magistrates hearing after allegedly intimidating a witness in the DOC investigation.
Charissa Tenorio is charged with witness intimidation by extortion as a third degree felony, witness tampering as a misdemeanor and harassment as a petty misdemeanor.
If found guilty of the charges, Tenorio potentially faces three years incarceration.
Tenorio, the domestic partner of Frankie Rosalin, one of the DOC officers arrested and charged in connection with an alleged conspiracy to smuggle contraband in the prison, was herself detained at DOC after a threatening phone call with a woman named in the magistrate complaint only by the initials J.R.R.
According to the complaint, J.R.R. is a “percipient witness” in the investigation into the DOC drug and contraband conspiracy, whose participation helped lead to the arrest of Rosalin and others.
According to the complaint, on Oct. 1, a car known to belong to Tenorio was observed driving back and forth in front of J.R.R.’s residence. When J.R.R. conducted a phone call and verified it indeed was Tenorio outside her residence, Tenorio allegedly confronted J.R.R. about her involvement in the DOC case.
Tenorio told J.R.R. “I have reports that I’m already reviewing, I’m not (expletive) around with you, I’m serious,” according to the magistrate’s complaint.
The magistrate complaint also says that a few days before the phone and car incident, Tenorio approached a close friend of J.R.R. at the Micronesian Mall and said that she wanted to kill J.R.R. for her role in the DOC investigation.
But according to defense counsel, Tenorio faces a “slim chance” of being convicted.
“(The charge) is based on hearsay on a cooperating witness who was arrested, and has every motive to lie to authorities so that she may have a lesser sentence,” attorney Louie Yanza told the court.
In negotiating for Tenorio’s release on her own recognizance, Yanza said that she had substantial ties to the community, was a first time offender and had family members who could attest to her character.
The court ruled that Tenorio was at low-risk of engaging in further criminal activity and held Tenorio on a $5000 bond. The court also placed as a condition of her release that she not have contact with the alleged victim or anyone else on the witness list. Tenorio will also have to report to probation if she makes bail.
Source: The Guam Daily Post : https://www.postguam.com/news/tenorio-allegedly-intimidated-witness-in-doc-case-copy/article_1391610a-a99e-11e7-9754-43c34ce8dbe4.html