A man has been sentenced to nine months in prison for entering a hotel staff housing in China Town, Garapan in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, traumatizing a 13-year-old girl.
Superior Court Associate Judge David A. Wiseman sentenced Peterson C. Tipingeni on Wednesday to a year in prison, all suspended except for nine months, for criminal trespass and disturbing the peace.
The 20-year-old Tipingeni was given credit for nine months of time served. He will be placed on probation for three years and required to pay a $200 fine, $300 in probation fees, and $25 in court costs. He was also required to perform 200 hours of community service.
Wiseman said the Office of the Attorney General exercised its prerogative to dismiss the burglary charge.
Wiseman said the defendant entered a house and the noise awakened the 13-year-old girl, who was extremely frightened and traumatized upon seeing the stranger in their home.
“In my eyes you should be punished severely,” the judge said.
In July, Wiseman rejected the first plea deal that the government offered to the defendant after he found the proposed six-month prison term as “too lenient.”