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Norman Kapileo completes drug program

NORMAN Kapileo walked out of the federal courthouse on Thursday afternoon a free man after completing and graduating from the Drug Offender Re-entry Program.

Kapileo, whose family members, including his grandchild, were present in the courtroom, thanked them for their support. He also expressed gratitude to the DORE program.

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Norman Kapileo, 2nd right foreground, poses with other Drug Offender Re-entry participants, attorney David Banes, Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe, Crispin Sablan of Marianas Counseling Services, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, U.S. Probation Officers Gregory Arriola and Juanette David-Atalig.  Photo by Bryan ManabatNorman Kapileo, 2nd right foreground, poses with other Drug Offender Re-entry participants, attorney David Banes, Assistant U.S. Attorney Garth Backe, Crispin Sablan of Marianas Counseling Services, District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona, U.S. Probation Officers Gregory Arriola and Juanette David-Atalig. Photo by Bryan Manabat

“It was a bumpy, winding road, but I made it,” said the emotional Kapileo. To the three other program participants, he said: “Guys, if I can do it so can you.”

District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona presented Kapileo with a recognition certificate for completing the DORE program.

Kapileo was sentenced for the offense of Hobbs Act robbery conspiracy, and for using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

On Nov. 10, 2005, he was resentenced by Senior Judge Alex R. Munson to 178 months imprisonment, followed by a three-year supervised release.

It was Juannete David-Atalig, U.S. probation officer assistant, who made a motion at the special DORE session on Thursday for a reduction of Kapileo’s term of supervised release which commenced on April 18, 2016 and was supposed to expire on April 17, 2019.

David-Atalig said on Jan. 18, 2018, Kapileo successfully completed the DORE program. “It is therefore recommended that Kapileo’s term of supervised release be reduced to one year.”

Judge Manglona granted the motion and ordered that the new supervision expiration date for Kapileo will be on April 17, 2018.

Gregory F. Arriola U.S. probation officer, noted Kapileo’s compliance, adding that the defendant has consistently tested negative for the use of illicit substances and alcohol use.

Arriola requested the court for the early termination of Kapileo’s supervised release.

Judge Manglona granted the request and ordered Kapileo discharged from supervised release.

The judge said she has not known anyone who has served a long prison sentence and come out of supervised release.

“I have seen so many relapses so you really are a trailblazer,” she told Kapileo. “We praise you for your success.”

Kapileo was the second participant to complete the DORE program. In Dec. 2017, Bob Yamagishi became the first DORE program graduate for the CNMI.

DORE is a post-incarceration cooperative effort program of the district court, the U.S. Probation Office, the federal public defender, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The program provides treatment and sanction alternatives to address re-integration into the community for non-violent, substance abuse offenders released from federal prison.

The DORE program in the CNMI first convened on Jan. 26, 2016.