District Court hands down several sentencesWritten by Donna De Jesus
Guam - District Court has been busy handing down sentences this month.
Last week, Glen Ruben, Jr. of Saipan was given 5 years in prison plus 3 years of supervised release for requesting for and receiving child pornography from a minor. The admission was part of his plea agreement. Ruben also has to be a registered sex offender wherever he lives.
Also from the CNMI, Richard Peng, aka Pai Peng, got 6 months plus a year of supervised release for harboring an illegal alien after she had overstayed her parole condition. Peng pleaded guilty to housing a Chinese birth-tourist, admitting that he intended to hide her from immigration authorities.
For Guam, 24-year-old Joseph Wendell Develles has to serve nearly 2 years in prison for possession of firearms and possession of marijuana. In February of last year, a release states that law enforcement officers searched his home and found two five-gallon buckets containing nearly two-and-a-half pounds of marijuana, guns and ammunition, and over $26,000 dollars, which were reported as proceeds from the sale of marijuana. Chief Judge Frances Tydingco-Gatewood noted in the release that Develles committed these crimes while he was still on probation.
40-year-old Chyanna Marie Camacho got over 5 years for using the U.S. Postal Service to attempt to distribute nearly 80 grams of meth. The drugs were tested to have 98-percent purity. Camacho’s plan was to have the drugs mailed to her from a source in Washington.
And today, 33-year-old Bernard Mendoza was given over 3 years after entering a guilty plea to a charge of attempted possession of meth with intent to distribute. Mendoza attempted to mail 56 grams of ice from Guam to Colorado using FedEx.