Camacho parole denied, Appleby parole granted


The CNMI Board of Parole has denied convicted murderer Jesse James Camacho’s application for parole while granting Shawn Appleby a second chance.

Parole officer Jason Lizama told Saipan Tribune on Friday that the board decided to deny Camacho’s application for parole but approved Appleby’s application.

Lizama said this was Camacho’s second and Appleby’s third time to apply for parole.

He said Camacho was unable to prove to the board that he was ready for an early release.

BOP chair Ramon B. Camacho, Jose C. Camacho, Michael Evangelista, Ignacio S. Mendiola, and Celina K. Selepeo conducted the parole hearings at the Department of Corrections’ conference room last Wednesday and Thursday. They deliberated the following day and made their decisions.

Chief prosecutor John Bradley opposed the granting of parole for both Appleby and Camacho, saying both committed the highest possible crime of murder.

Appleby is serving a 40-year prison term for killing Byung Ok Suh in November 1996 after robbing the victim’s store, Chalan Market, in San Antonio. Apple bolted from prison twice, in 1999 and 2007, adding two more years on top of his 40-year sentence.

Appleby was granted parole in 2011, but this was revoked as he violated the rules and regulations agreed upon between him and the BOP.

Camacho was the mastermind in the killing of a 13-year-old boy in Dandan in April 1998. He was sentenced in 1999 to 45 years in prison. The victim was stabbed 37 times in his own home as part of initiation rites for membership in the so-called Red Rum Gang.

Camacho’s co-defendants, both minors at the time, entered a plea deal with the government and were sentenced to two years each.

Marc Venus | Reporter
Marc Venus is the Saipan Tribune's public health and education reporter. He has an associate degree in Applied Sciences in Computer Applications and is working on his bachelor’s degree at the Northern Marianas College. Contact him at

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