A man who was convicted of felony charges after swinging a machete at another man and injuring his arm was denied his request to reduce his 20-year prison sentence in the Superior Court of Guam.
Benny Sam Robert had asked for his prison sentence to be reduced to 10 years. He was convicted of aggravated assault with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, terrorizing with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, and criminal mischief with a special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
His defense team said Robert hadn’t engaged in any misconduct since he was first taken into custody and that 10 years is sufficient to deter any repeat offenses.
Presiding Judge Alberto Lamorena denied the request, noting Robert's criminal history; Robert had pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in a separate case in 2011.
Robert filed an appeal with the Supreme Court of Guam on his conviction of one count of terrorizing as a second-degree felony with three separate special allegations of using a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
He argued there was insufficient evidence to support the charges and that his sentence was illegal because he should have been sentenced on one special allegation rather than three.
The high court upheld his May conviction.
Machete attack in Maite
According to Post files, a man was leaving a Maite bar when Robert, wielding a machete, ran up to the truck the man was in and swung.
He struck the truck first, but also managed to cut the man on the arm. The victim tried to escape Robert by leaving the truck through the passenger door and running away.
Robert pursued him but stopped when he heard that police had arrived.