Plea deal reached for ex-DOC lieutenant

ARREST: A SWAT team escorts former Department of Corrections Lt. Jeffrey Limo from the Guam Police Department Hagåtña Precinct Command on Aug. 24, 2017, after his arrest in a prison drug-smuggling case. Post file photo

The former head of internal affairs at the Department of Corrections, Jeffrey Limo, has reached a plea deal with the government.

He is among the several charged in connection with a major contraband smuggling scheme that was uncovered at the prison in 2017.

Judge Anita Sukola of the Superior Court of Guam said in court Monday that she received Limo's plea agreement on June 14.

Details of the agreement, however, have not been disclosed.

Limo is among the last of the 11 co-defendants who have yet to settle the nearly two-year-old case.

"Will this take care of the DOC episode?" said Sukola, as she asked the parties involved about the status of the co-defendants who have been charged and have since signed plea agreements.

Limo was charged with conspiracy to promote major prison contraband, receiving bribes and official misconduct following the investigation at the Adult Correctional Facility in Mangilao.

The government has alleged certain DOC officers, including Limo, accepted bribes and helped coordinate the smuggling of crystal methamphetamine, cellphones and other contraband into the prison.

Limo still has an active case before the Civil Service Commission, as he is fighting to get his job back.

Others charged

During Monday's hearing, former corrections officer Fermin Maratita was the only defendant to make an appearance in court. He was among the first of the co-defendants to plead guilty for his part in smuggling contraband into the prison.

Another defendant 'hit a snag'

Maratita's defense attorney, Doug Moylan, a former attorney general, told the court that his client continues to await sentencing, but he said the case "hit a snag" after he tested positive for drugs in March.

It was stated in court that Maratita is undergoing drug treatment at the Lighthouse Recovery Center.

The court also noted that former corrections officer Franklin Rosalin is set to finalize his plea agreement with the government, as is inmate Shawn Paul Johnson.

The court expects to receive an update for each co-defendant in the case during the next hearing scheduled for July 9.