U. S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona ordered yesterday the continued detention of Jesus S. Palacios, a Guam ex-convict who was indicted on Saipan for alleged possession of two guns and 27 bullets.
At a detention hearing, Manglona determined that the U.S. government was able to prove that Palacios poses a threat and danger to the community.
Manglona denied court-appointed counsel Mark Scoggins’ request to release his client, Palacios, to a third-party custodian.
The defendant was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshal.
Assistant U.S. attorney Rami Badawy moved for the continued detention of Palacios.
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 use of a controlled substance in possession of firearm and/or ammunition.
Police arrested Palacios in April 2013 for allegedly beating up his wife in front of their child and pointing a gun at her head.
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.