Drinking beer lands man behind bars

Posted on Jul 03 2005

For drinking six cans of beer, a former Marianas Visitors Authority employee is now in federal custody and will serve four months in prison and 32 months of probation.

The U.S. District Court ordered Friday the imprisonment of Eric J.M. Hofschneider, who admitted that he failed to refrain from the use of any alcoholic beverages, a condition of supervised release as part of the federal court’s 2002 sentence.

In 2002, the court had sentenced him to three years imprisonment for conviction on failure to declare a firearm sometime in 2001. The sentence included three years of supervised release.

As part of the conditions of supervised release in that sentence, the court ordered Hofschneider to refrain from any alcoholic beverages, maintain employment, and perform 300 hours of community service. The court later modified the conditions twice to include a total of 450 hours of community service.

Court records showed that Hofschneider resigned from his employment with the MVA on March 22, 2005. On June 10, Hofschneider became subject of a breathalyzer test at the Tinian Department of Public Safety, the result of which indicated a blood alcohol content of 0.122 for the defendant.

The U.S. Probation Office then initiated proceedings to revoke Hofschneider’s probation. Hofschneider denied that he failed to maintain employment, but admitted consuming alcohol on June 10, claiming that almost everybody on Tinian drinks alcoholic beverages.

Last Friday, Chief Judge Alex R. Munson ordered Hofschneider’s imprisonment for four months, after which the defendant should serve 32 months of supervised release. The judge remanded Hofschneider to the custody of the U.S. Marshal.

Munson also recommended to the Bureau of Prisons that defendant be made to participate in a program to address alcohol-related issues.

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