Board of Parole OK’s request for early release of 10 felons


The CNMI Board of Parole approved 10 of the 12 parole applications submitted by convicted felons who are serving time at the Department of Corrections.

After deliberations came to an end last Friday, the board unanimously decided to approve the parole applications of Huang Rui Jun (“ice” trafficking), Liao Guofeng (“ice” trafficking), Xiao Ping Wang (“ice” trafficking), Benjamin Lee (burglary), Ronnie San Nicolas (“ice” trafficking), Felisha Ann Basa (robbery and theft), Paul Anthony Lizama (“ice” trafficking), Benigno Muna Sablan (possession of a controlled substance) Daniel M. Quitugua (impersonating a police officer, theft), and Artemia Gabayero (robbery).

According to Ramon B. Castro, CNMI Board of Parole chair, most of the felons were granted early release on the condition that they be deported immediately and not be released to the CNMI community.

Meanwhile, the felons who are CNMI locals were granted early release under the condition that they enter the HOPE Recovery program.

Gabayero will be deported to the Philippines, while Huang Rui Jun, Liao Guofeng and Xiao Ping Wang will be in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement while their travel documents are being processed before they are repatriated to China.

The remaining two who also applied for parole, Juan Tydingco and Julian Sablan, were taken off of the list.

According to Camacho, because Tydingco was convicted for misdemeanors and not felonies, he was not eligible for parole because the Board of Parole only considers a parole application of an inmate if sentenced under the felony guidelines.

Tydingco was convicted of several traffic offenses and possession of methamphetamine.

Sablan, on the other hand, was taken off the list after he committed an infraction at Corrections while his parole application was being reviewed.

Sablan was convicted of burglary and theft.

For burglary he was sentenced to five years’ suspended imprisonment except for three years, while for theft he was sentenced to one-year imprisonment.

Kimberly Bautista Esmores | Reporter
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