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Tedtaotao's plea requires he testify against his brother

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by Krystal Paco

Guam - Emotions ran high this morning as one of the alleged gunmen in the Bank of Guam robbery as well as a Yigo burglary appeared to change his plea at the superior court.

Jathan Tedtaotao could be spared years of jail time, but it could come at the expense of his brother.

As Tedtaotao appeared before Judge James Canto this morning, he was scheduled to enter a plea agreement with the government relative to the Yigo Bank of Guam robbery and a Yigo burglary.

Should he enter the agreement, the court noted that Tedtaotao would only serve a total of nine years behind bars for second degree robbery as a second degree felony, burglary as a second degree felony, and unauthorized use of a vehicle. This sentence is significantly less than the fourteen years maximum he could face if convicted by a jury.

But the deal could be too good to be true as the court reviewed the agreement out loud, Tedtaotao realized his cooperation with the government would require he testify against his co-conspirators - one of which is his brother, Joshua.

"I will never testify against my brother," he said and moments later, "I'm done, Your Honor" he said, as he stood up from his seat in shackles, heading towards the door where he was stopped by court marshals.

The realization delayed the completion of today's proceedings with the court continuing Tedtaotao's change of plea to Thursday morning.

As we've been reporting, Tedtaotao was arrested for allegedly stealing firearms from a Yigo residence back in February. Antonio Quitugua as well as Jathan's brother, Joshua were also arrested in this case.

We should note, tomorrow could be Tedtaotao's last chance to enter his plea agreement as his co-defendants in the bank robbery have asserted their rights to speedy trial. They include the alleged gunman, Ricky Mcintosh Jr. and the alleged getaway driver, Vincent Santos. Both are slated for jury trial and selection on Friday. Quitugua was also arrested for this case accused of being the lookout before the robbery.

As a result of today's heated proceedings, prosecutor Brian Gallagher noted Jathan's personal conflict telling the court it "may be something we can work around."

Prior to the review of the plea agreement, Tedtaotao admitted to the court that he has not been taking his medications. They include Seroquel and Adderall, which are used to aid with sleeping, treat depression, and treat anxiety.

The court noted this could be the reason for tedtaotao's behavioral issues during his most recent court appearances.

Tedtaotao will appear again in Canto's courtroom at 9am Thursday morning.
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