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Accused bank robber expected to plead guilty

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 by Krystal Paco

Guam - It's been exactly one year since the Yigo Bank of Guam robbery and it appears the case could soon come to a close as one defendant is anticipated to enter a global plea for the heist - and more.

One of the three new defendants in last year's bank robbery is anticipated to enter a global plea as early as next week.

It was last month Irvin White III confessed to police that he and two others robbed the Yigo bank at gunpoint and made off with $11,000 from teller drawers.

White implicated himself as one of the men who entered the bank, while his father Jackery White was the getaway driver, and Edward Baza the gunman.

Although all three initially pleaded not guilty during their arraignments, Judge Michael Bordallo acknowledged a global plea was entered for Irvin White in a hearing last week. Bordallo however couldn't execute the global plea without judge james canto who presides over the bank robbery case.

Today canto told the court he's seen the plea, but would like to review it again. The global plea includes the Bank of Guam robbery, a burglary at the Guam Collections Agency, and a Days Inn robbery in which Irvin White and Tommy Afaisen allegedly robbed an employee, stole his car, and opened fire at police in a high speed chase through Tamuning. While Canto reviews the global plea, he's scheduled white for a change of plea on February 12th while jury trial and selection for all three alleged bank robbers has been set for March 3rd.

Once white's plea agreement is executed, he'll be required to testify in all three cases, one of which is currently in trial.

Trial for the Days Inn robbery resumed today with testimony from police who responded to the scene, including Officer Anthony Borja.

Borja told the court today he heard "pop" and "whizzing" sounds as he pursued the suspects in a 90-mile-per-hour chase through Tamuning.

Although officers initially believed the sounds were that of a flat tire, the whizzing was in fact bullets coming as close as two feet to their patrol car.

When the two suspects finally came to a stop at the old Guam Memorial Hospital site, they fled on foot before they were apprehended by police.

Aside from robbery charges, both White and Afaisen are charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault.

Afaisen's trial will resume Wednesday at 9am.
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