Two Alaskan Filipinos cleared of murder charges, await possible new trial

By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Oct. 6, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – In Alaska, a jury acquitted two Filipinos of second degree murder in the 2012 death of a Nigerian processing worker.

Thirty-six-year-old Leonardo Bongolto Jr. and 42-year-old Denison Soria were each charged with two counts of second degree murder and one count of first degree assault on February 2012, after 55-year-old Jonathan Adams’ death at the Planet Dutch Bunkhouse of Bering Fisheries in the city of Unalaska.

While the two Filipinos were found not guilty on the most serious murder offenses, the manslaughter and other charges against them could be settled with a plea bargain or even a new trial.

They remain in custody in Anchorage, unable to post a $250,000 dollar bail.

Their next court date is set for November 14.

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