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Government seeks longer sentence for Raymond Tedtaotao

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - It was back in January Raymond Tedtaotao was handed down two life sentences for the Nimitz Hill home invasion only to have that sentence reduced to 55 years.

Before Supreme Court justices on Wednesday, the government made its case why the sentence should be reversed back. Assistant Attorney General Brian Gallagher argues the initial sentence imposed was a legal sentence. The adjustment however was made after Judge Maria Cenzon ruled Tedtaotao didn't qualify for extended terms under Guam law.

In order to qualify for the extended sentence, the government needed to prove that Tedtaotao was a repeat offender, that the crime he committed was a violent crime, and that he was over 21 years of age.

It was also argued whether or not an attempted murder conviction justifies a life sentence. Gallagher states law provides that an attempt should be punished as if were a completed act. Attorney Sam Teker disagreed stating had the legislature intended attempted murder to mean life imprisonment, they would have specified it.

The case was taken under advisement.

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