Federal agents arrested Friday in Dandan an ex-convict who had served prison time for manslaughter in Guam, this time for alleged possession of two guns and 27 bullets on Saipan.
Jesus Sablan Palacios was served with an arrest warrant issued by U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona after an indictment was filed in court on Thursday.
The indictment charged the 52-year-old Palacios with three counts of felon in possession of firearm and/or ammunition, and three counts of unlawful user of a controlled substance in possession of firearm and/or ammunition.
The case was unsealed during Palacios’ hearing Friday afternoon.
According to the indictment, Palacios was found in possession of a Ruger model 10/22 .38 caliber rifle and one .22 caliber rifle with is barrel and stock sawed off (serial number removed) on April 11, 2013. He was also found with 27 assorted bullets.
Police arrested Palacios in April 2013 for allegedly beating up his wife in front of their child and pointing a gun at her head. The 4-year-old boy told police that he witnessed the beating of his mother and that he also saw his father smoking “ice.”
Police said that Palacios was arrested in Guam in 1997 and charged with murder, manslaughter, and possession of a gun without an ID. The defendant pleaded guilty to manslaughter; the other charges were dismissed.
In 1996, Palacios was also arrested in Guam and he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault.