Two charged in shooting of SEALs to face trial
Two Guam men charged in the Christmas Day shooting of two Navy SEALs will likely face trial later this year.
According to Guam Superior Court officials, Michael S. Roberson and Romano “Mano” J. Santos will appear before Judge Alberto Lamorena at 4 p.m. Jan. 23 for scheduling of their trials.
Roberson, 24, and Santos, 29, were charged Dec. 26 with:
• Two counts each of second-degree aggravated assault with special allegations of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
• Two counts of third-degree aggravated assault with special allegations of possession and use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.
• Third-degree aggravated assault.
During arraignment earlier this week, both men pleaded innocent to the charges stemming from the shooting of SEALs Jerritt P. Lacy and James R. Reeves, both of Special Warfare Unit 1, based in San Diego but deployed to U.S. Naval Forces Marianas, Guam.
Lacy was shot in the face and underwent oral surgery at Naval Medical Center San Diego on Dec. 31, hospital officials said last week. Reeves, who was shot in the back of the neck, was treated and released from Naval Hospital Guam.
Two other SEALs from the same unit, Daniel A. Snyder and Robert M. Brown, were involved in the incident but not injured.
Meanwhile, bails for the two suspects have been increased from $500,000 cash to $1 million, court officials said. Both Roberson and Santos remain in a Guam Department of Corrections jail.
The shooting followed a “heated argument” between Lacy and the two defendants, court records show. The sailors left the scene of the argument in a taxi, but Santos and Roberson followed.
Previously, Roberson confessed to shooting from the passenger seat of a Toyota Camry driven by Santos, court records show. More than five bullet holes were discovered in the taxi the shooting victims were in.