Judge denies Shawn Appleby’s request to stop parole revocation hearing

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THREE hours before Shawn C. Appleby’s parole revocation hearing, the Superior Court denied his request to stop the proceedings set for today, Friday, 9 a.m., at the multi-purpose center.

The revocation hearing proceeded as scheduled.

A convicted murdered, Appleby, through Assistant Public Defender Jean Nogues, filed an amended motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in court alleging due process violations.

Appleby named Department of Corrections Commissioner Wally Villagomez and CNMI Board of Parole Chairman Ramon B. Camacho as defendants.

Appleby also filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus “to determine the true reason for his detention.”

On March 24, 2020, he was arrested for domestic violence and disturbing the peace at his residence in Dandan.

A preliminary hearing conducted by the Parole Board on April 13 at the Department of Corrections found probable cause that Appleby violated the conditions of his parole.

In denying Appleby’s petition on Friday, Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja said the “proper notice through service was not given to the Board of Parole.” The court did not address the issue of whether there were any due process violations as alleged by Appleby.

Appleby served about 26 years of his 40-year sentence for killing Byung Ok Suh in Nov. 1996 after robbing the victim’s store in San Antonio. In 1999 and 2007, Appleby was convicted for escape, adding two more years to his 40-year sentence.

Despite the Office of the Attorney General’s opposition, Appleby’s parole application was granted in Sept. 2019.

He was also granted parole in Feb. 2011, but it was revoked in Dec. 2012 after he violated its conditions.

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