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GUILTY PLEA

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — John Makeati, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. He is represented by Assistant Public Defender Ryan Anderson while prosecuting is Assistant Attorney General Kristine Soule. Makeati was initially charged...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old man from Kokoland accused of burglarizing a store in Tafuna and taking off with several items has admitted to the allegations against him. Tala’ave Aviata, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond appeared in High Court...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of violating local drug laws has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Vise Guata, who has been in custody since his arrest two years ago appeared in court Wednesday morning for a Change of Plea hearing. Gauta was initially charged with...
Esther Tagi outside Court in Mulinuu
Apia, SAMOA — The trial of six people arrested by police at Faatoia in December last year has been adjourned following an unexpected guilty plea by one of the defendants. Pitoitua Aloese of Faatoia may become a police informant, as he changed his plea before Justice Vui Clarence Nelson through his...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The second of the four defendants arrested after police executed two search warrants last January at two homes in the Tafuna area has entered into a plea agreement with the government. Faamanatu Alesana, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $5,000...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A man accused of possession of 3 small stamp-sized baggies containing a white crystalline substance has pled guilty. Solomona Tagaloa, who has been in custody since his arrest last year, appeared in High Court this week for a Change of Plea hearing. He was initially...
King Faipopo with his back to his supporters, seeks an explanation from his lawyer Josephine Sapolu
Apia, SAMOA — Paulo Malele also known as King Faipopo has pleaded guilty to one charge of making false statements that affect the reputation of another person, and will be sentenced next month. The complainant in this case is the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailelele Malielagaoi. In Court today, the...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 57-year-old man who failed to obey the court's orders has been placed on probation for 24 months. Titio Asofa Sr appeared in District Court yesterday morning for a pretrial conference for two separate cases. Under a plea agreement with the government, Asofa pled guilty...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 23-year-old man from Fagaima accused of burglarizing a store in Tafuna and stealing several items has admitted to the allegations against him. Faasega Aviata, who has been in custody since his arrest, unable to post a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in High Court last...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A 41-year-old father of six, accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl, has pled guilty. Onosa’i Molesi, who is out on a $10,000 surety bond, appeared in court last week for a Change of Plea hearing. Assistant Public Defender Rob McNeill represented Molesi, while...

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