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What made Jathan confess to a crime he didn't commit?

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He was called "Guam's youngest bank robber", but it appears he didn't rob the bank at all. Jathan Tedtaotao addressed Judge James Canto on Monday as to what compelled him to admit he committed a crime - when he actually didn't.

It was the morning of February 6, 2014. Two masked men entered the Yigo Bank of Guam and demanded money from tellers. They ran off with $11,000. Judge Canto asked, "Did you do that, or no?", to which Tedtaotao replied, "No."

Tedtaotao was the first to confess to the crime last year. He implicated himself as one of the men who entered the bank along with Ricky Mcintosh, Jr. He also implicated Vincent Santos as their getaway driver and Antonio Quitugua as the lookout before the robbery occurred. Because Tedtaotao refused to testify against his alleged co-defendants, the three men were acquitted of the charges and he was left to the robbery conviction by himself.

Tedtaotao was sentenced to over 20 years behind bars for the bank robbery and a firearms burglary. Fast forward a year and two more men confessed to the crime: Jackery White and Irvin White III. The father and son implicated Edward Baza, Jr. as their co-defendant, but Baza was found not guilty by a jury and acquitted of the charges.

When questioned about Tedtaotao's role in the heist, the whites testified he was innocent. His Honor added, "So I'm trying to see if I can make you take back your guilty plea so you don't get punished for something you didn't do but I really have to know why. Why would you say you did that if you didn't do it?" Tedtaotao said, "I don't know, Your Honor."

"I just wanted to do whatever time. I wasn't at the right state. I was in the I-don't-care mode."

Judge Canto speculated Tedtaotao confessed in order to protect his younger brother Joshua, who was also arrested in the firearms burglary. "Canto said, did you say that because you were trying to protect your younger brother," which Tedtaotao replied he did not. Canto then asked, "Why did you say that? I'm just curious."

"I don't know," he said. "Just hopefully you have leniency on my brother."

"Understood," said the judge. "Of course, no matter what your time is going down because one of your charges is going away and that was a big one." Tedtaotao said, "Yes."

Ultimately, the court showed leniency on Tedtaotao and vacated his guilty plea for the bank robbery. "I think the truth is going to help you out is what I'm trying to tell you. Because if you didn't do that Bank of Guam robbery, why are you going to do ten years for it? OK?," he said.

Tedtaotao could still face perjury charges, which at max could result in three years imprisonment. Meanwhile, both Irvin and Jackery White are spending 7.5 years behind bars for the bank robbery.

Tedtaotao's next court appearance is scheduled for May 4.

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