3 men who beat up another over $500 loan plead guilty


Three men who allegedly brought a man to Marpi last December, beat him, and threatened to throw him off a cliff over an unpaid $500 loan that carried a $1,500 interest pleaded guilty and were each slapped with a 39-day time served sentence.

Rujian Huang, 37, and Zhao Xi Huang, 29, both pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assault and battery-aiding and abetting as part of a plea deal. Wen Wang, 34 pleaded guilty to assault and battery.

Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio sentenced each of them to 39 days of time-served imprisonment.

Kim-Tenorio ordered the Department of Corrections to bring the three to the Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for questioning prior to their release that same day, Tuesday.

The judge also ordered DOC to transport the three to the Saipan International Airport by 1pm that same day. The defendants agreed to voluntarily depart the CNMI.

They were ordered to each pay a $1,000 fine and $25 in court assessment fee. They were required to write a letter of apology to the victim, Zechun Zhang.

The remaining charges of kidnapping and disturbing the peace were dropped.

Assistant public defender Nancy Dominski served as counsel for the alleged victim, Zhao Huang, while attorney Shelli Neal represented Rujian Huang and Wang.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Zhao Huang drove a car to the scene and aided and abetted Wang, who punched Zhang several times in the face on Dec. 15, 2016, on Saipan.

Rujian Huang aided Wang, who punched Zhang. Wang caused bodily harm to the victim when he punched him in the face repeatedly.

The victim told the officers that he borrowed $500 from a man he only knew as Mr. Huang, who has been selling alcoholic beverages from the back of his car to MCC International employees in front of their barracks. Huang was later identified as Rujian Huang.

The victim confessed to police that he borrowed money from Rujian Huang because he had been gambling and lost money.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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