A police officer who allegedly fired a gun during New Year’s celebration pled not guilty yesterday to charges of disturbing the peace and misconduct in public office.
During the arraignment, Superior Court Presiding Judge Edward Manibusan ordered Police Officer Troy Palacios to return to the court on Aug. 9 for a status conference.
The Attorney General’s Office filed the charges against Palacios based on the complaint of a Garapan resident, Helen Z. Horimoto, who said that the police officer “deprived her of her right to peace” when he shot his gun in the air on New year’s eve.
The Attorney General’s Office said Palacios “did such acts while under the color of office.”
If convicted of disturbing the peace, Palacios would face a punishment of not more than six months of imprisonment and a fine of not more than $500.
The charge of misconduct in public office carries a penalty of not more than one year in jail. (MCM)