Chief prosecutor wants all 5 parole applications  denied

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CHIEF prosecutor John Bradley said the CNMI Board of Parole should deny the parole applications of Vincent San Nicolas Norita, John Hamilton, Demson Sachuo, John Teregeyo, and Ronnie San Nicolas.

They are scheduled to appear before the board on July 8-9, 2020 at the Gov. Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center beginning at 10 a.m.

During the hearing, Bradley will speak for the crime victims and the government, adding that the Office of the Attorney General opposes parole for the five cases.

 “The decisions of the Board of Parole are particularly important considering the recent problems that have arisen from criminals who have been released and resumed criminal conduct,” Bradley said in an email Tuesday.

He cited as an example the recent hostage-taking incident involving Gordon Castro.

Bradley said Castro had a substantial criminal history, having served time in the Department of Corrections, and was on probation and on bail for two new drug trafficking offenses.

“Unfortunately, he also ended up committing kidnapping and assault of police officers with a dangerous weapon while he was free,” the prosecutor said.

Public safety should be the primary concern for the parole board members, Bradley said.

“While many inmates learn from their mistakes and are rehabilitated, there are some inmates with long criminal histories or serious offenses who should not yet be released into the community,” he added.

 Vincent San Nicolas Norita pleaded guilty to 18 traffic offenses that included speeding, reckless driving, fleeing or eluding a police officer, theft of vehicle, and tampering with vehicle. He was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment in May 2017. He was involved in a high-speed chase on Dec. 9, 2016 that ended with his car hitting an embankment and overturning in Koblerville.

Bradley noted Norita’s previous convictions and arrests, adding that the felon has served a small percentage of his sentence and should remain in prison to serve his full sentence.

“Norita showed that he is a hardened criminal who is not being rehabilitated by confinement, parole or probation,” Bradley added.

John Teregeyo, for his part, had two violations in 2019: “He was in a fight and he smuggled a cell phone into prison,”  Bradley said. “The mere two-and-a-half years [in prison] for trying to kill someone is not enough punishment.”

In Aug. 2018, Teregeyo pleaded guilty to arson and assault and battery, and was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment, five years of which were suspended.

Police said Teregeyo  attempted to kill his then-girlfriend by dousing her, her clothes, their bed, and their bedroom with gasoline and pushing her inside the bedroom to prevent her from fleeing, as he set the room on fire.

As for John Hamilton, the AG’s office is recommending that he serve the remainder of his sentence, noting the seriousness of the offense he committed.

Hamilton was convicted of burglary and was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with two years suspended. Police said he attacked a doctor and a lawyer with a screwdriver when they tried to stop him from escaping after he burglarized the lawyer’s apartment in Garapan.

Hamilton has served six years and half of his sentence.

In Sept. 2019, Ronnie San Nicolas was sentenced to 12 years in prison, with four years suspended, for trafficking of a controlled substance. San Nicolas was caught with 208 grams of meth.

Bradley said San Nicolas “was a high-level drug trafficker. He is a serious criminal.”

For his part, Demson Sachuo has served only a year of a two-year unsuspended sentence for burglary, Bradley said.

Sachuo received a 10-year sentence, but eight years are suspended for burglarizing the home of a single mother in Kagman.

Bradley noted that both the victim and a parole officer opposed early release for Sachuo.

A revocation hearing has also been scheduled for Shawn C. Appleby, a convicted murderer, “for the alleged commission of new crimes and violating the conditions of parole.”

 

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