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Leone shooting

Manu Lefatia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A Territorial Correctional Facility inmate convicted of escape from confinement and shooting a man in Leone in August 2018 was sentenced last week to 15 years behind bars. Manu Lefatia, who has a long criminal record, appeared before Chief Justice Michael Kruse last week...
 Mosese Lomu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The six-member jury took almost two hours to deliberate last Friday before delivering their verdict in the trial of former TCF Watch Commander, Mosese Lomu. Out of the 2 criminal counts with which Lomu was charged, the jury found him guilty of criminal fraud, a class C...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Yesterday morning, due to a technical problem, Chief Justice Michael Kruse dismissed the jury, on day three, in the trial of former Police Watch Commander Mosese Lomu at 10:00 a.m. There were not other details forthcoming. The case will resume at 9a.m this morning for...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Government witnesses, over the last two days of the Mosese Lomu jury trial, have pointed to actions that were not routine as part of what happened on the night where inmate Manu Lefatia allegedly escaped from the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) and shot a man in...
Mosese Lomu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Jury instructions and opening statements for the jury trial of a former Police Watch Commander at the Territorial Correctional Facility (TCF) charged in connection with the shooting that occurred in Leone last year involving an inmate who allegedly escaped from...
Manu Lefatia
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A police officer accused of allowing an inmate to leave his cell so he can visit his sick son has been arrested and charged with permitting escape, a class D felony punishable by 5 years imprisonment, a $5,000 fine, or both. Saito Pesaeli made his initial appearance in...
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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The jury trial of an inmate accused of escape from confinement and allegedly shooting a man in Leone in the early morning hours of August 12, 2018 is continued until November of this year. Manu Lefatia’s trial was scheduled to kick-off yesterday morning. The defendant,...
American Samoa High Court building
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The trial of a man charged in connection with a shooting in Leone on August 12, 2018 has been continued to Dec. 2, 2019 after Chief Justice Michael Kruse granted the government’s motion to continue to trial, initially set for Aug. 5, 2019. Manu Lefatia, who is in custody...
DPS prison guard Mosese Lomu
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — District Court Judge Fiti Sunia has dismissed without prejudice the felony count of tampering with public records against DPS prison guard Mosese Lomu, after the court was unable to find probable cause to bind the charge over to High Court for arraignment. However, the...
TCF Officer, Toloa Koowaiyou
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The government’s cases against two of the three DPS prison guards charged in the matter connected with the escape of a prisoner, who allegedly shot a man in Leone, were dismissed without prejudice by District Court Judge Fiti Sunia yesterday morning. The case against...

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