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AG’s office asks court to continue sentencing even though defendant has fled NMI

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THE Attorney General’s Office has asked the Superior Court to continue the sentencing of Jiang Hong Sheng even after he has fled the CNMI.

The defendant’s jury trial was held on May 14-21, 2018, and he was found guilty of assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

The case stemmed from an apartment rental dispute that turned violent.

On May 25, 2018, the defendant filed a post-conviction motion for judgement of acquittal, which the court denied.

The following month, the defendant filed a notice of appeal alleging various trial issues for appeal.

On Nov. 6, 2019, the appeal was dismissed because there was no final judgement from which the defendant could appeal.

Sentencing was set for Nov. 27, 2018, but because of the devastation caused by  Super Typhoon Yutu on Oct. 24-25, 2018, and the time it took for the Office of Adult Probation to prepare the pre-investigation report, the sentencing was reset for March 26, 2019, Assistant Attorney General J. Robert Glass Jr. said.

Prior to trial and during the pendency between conviction and sentencing, the defendant was released on a cash bail of $6,250, Glass added.

When the defendant failed to appear for the March 26, 2019 sentencing hearing, a bench warrant was issued.

“To date, defendant has not been apprehended nor turned himself in. Defendant has not been sentenced,” Glass told the court.

On Jan. 21, 2020, the court determined that it would sentence Jiang Hong Sheng in absentia and set a date for the hearing and deadline for the parties to submit sentencing memos. The defendant was represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

The parties submitted the sentencing memos on March 26, 2020, and a sentencing hearing was set for March 31, 2020, but it was vacated and delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On July 21, 2020, the court reissued its bench warrant against the defendant for his failure to appear, and set no bail.

But there has been no order issued since then, and so the Commonwealth renews its motion, Glass told the court.

 

 

 

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