An airline employee and a man were slapped with prison sentences for stealing money in separate incidents.
In a written order last week, Wiseman Superior Court Associate Judge David A. ordered Rayburn Dolmers C. Espangel to spend six months in prison and Mario O. Sablan to 30 days in prison.
Espangel was actually sentenced to five years in prison but Wiseman suspended all except for six months, to be served without the possibility of parole. Espangel, 29, was given credit for the eight days time served. After serving his sentence, he will be placed on five years' probation.
Espangel was required to pay $22,724 in restitution to the victim, Unlimited Services Group, a $100 court assessment fee, and $500 probation fee.
Espangel was also ordered to perform 200 hours of community service and to write a letter of apology to the company and his co-workers.
USG cleans aircrafts and is in charge of the operations of the former Cape Air.
Espangel pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking or disposition as part of a plea deal.
According to the plea deal, Espangel stole $22,724 from his company's safe between Aug. 2012 and October 2012.
Espangel, a passenger service agent, admitted that sometime in August 2012 he began taking a portion of the money from the daily sales and would use the sales from the next day to replenish the amount he took. The amount, however, gradually became too big for him to cover up.
In Sablan's case, Wiseman sentenced him to five years in prison, all suspended except for 30 days. He was given credit for 12 days time served.
Once he gets out, Sablan will be placed on supervised probation for five years.
Sablan was ordered to pay a $200 fine, $100 court assessment fee, and $500 probation fee. He was required to perform 200 hours of community service.
Wiseman noted that Sablan has no criminal history and returned the stolen money almost immediately.
“The court also acknowledges the mitigating factor that Sablan was playing the poker machine, which had an open door showing the money,” Wiseman said.
Wiseman said that Sablan did not break the machine but rather found the money lying there in front of him.
Sablan pleaded guilty to theft as part of a plea deal.
Sablan and co-defendant Primo Ogarto were accused of stealing $876 from a poker machine at the U-Luck Poker in western Garapan on Sept. 28, 2012.