Two men charged in connection with a riot at the Dededo skate park last year have pleaded guilty to lesser assault charges.
Mali Ios and John Jashua appeared Friday morning in Guam Superior Court to agree to the terms of a plea agreement for charges stemming from a March 2022 Dededo Skate Park riot.
Ios was accused of throwing a bottle at one of the riot victims and posting a video capturing the incident on social media, eventually prompting the Guam Police Department to launch an investigation.
Jashua was accused of assaulting one of the victims with a skateboard.
Both men pleaded guilty before Judge Vernon Perez to misdemeanor assault charges, which carry a maximum sentence of one year.
Ios and Jashua, however, will be sentenced on March 7 and are expected to testify against their co-defendants if they go to trial.
After the hearing, Ios told reporters: “I’m sorry about the video I posted.”
negotiations and trials
Along with Ios and Jashua, Chesrick Tom, Darwin Fortes, Jame Repwak and Vince Phillip were charged in connection with the riot.
Before Ios and Jashua pleaded guilty, Assistant Attorney General Basil O’Mallan explained that among the group of six, Tom, Fortes, Repwak and Phillip engaged in more “heinous” actions and face aggravated assault charges.
During the hearing, attorneys for Repwak and Phillip told Perez that they were actively negotiating with the prosecution to reach a plea deal, however, they would be prepared to go to trial if no plea agreement is reached.
As for Tom, he was not present at the hearing and his lawyer, Thomas Fisher, said he has not been in contact with Tom. Fortes was present, but his lawyer, Samuel Teker, is off the island.
According to court documents, the riot that occurred on March 2, 2022 involved three victims and left two of them with stab wounds. Witnesses told police the suspects were armed with baseball bats and broken beer bottles and appeared to be drunk.