- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - A magistrate has ordered prison officials to provide medical care to a man charged with murder whose lawyer said had been denied HIV treatment while awaiting trial in a Guam prison.

Keith Garrido is accused of beating Nancy Mafnas to death with a pipe in 2012 and other crimes, including a prison van escape and burglary case.

Garrido wanted to plead guilty to some of the charges, including murder, so he could receive HIV treatment as an inmate, defense attorney Stephen Hattori told Pacific Daily News (https://ow.ly/Cw7Oj ).

Magistrate Judge Alberto Tolentino on Wednesday declined to take a plea and ordered the Department of Corrections to provide Garrido with treatment for an unspecified medical condition.

Hattori said his client wasn’t provided medical treatment because he’s considered a pre-trial detainee and not an inmate.

However, Corrections Director Jose San Agustin said he didn’t believe there was any difference between the way inmates and detainees receive medical treatment at the island’s prison.

“It should all be the same,” he said.

Jeff Limo, special assistant to San Agustin, said he couldn’t speak specifically about Garrido, citing medical confidentiality.

San Agustin said he is aware of an HIV-positive detainee who hadn’t received medication but he didn’t provide a name.

San Agustin said prison administrators have been working to determine when they can begin providing treatment, and that it would be something the prison needs to budget for.

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Information from: Pacific Daily News: https://www.guampdn.com

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