Copper wire thief gets 3 years in prison


Terwik A. Ludwig, a 41-year-old man who was accused together with a teacher of burglarizing a store’s generator room and stealing copper wires, pleaded guilty in Superior Court and was slapped with a three-year prison term.

Ludwig pleaded guilty on Wednesday to burglary as part of a plea agreement. He also admitted to violating the terms of his probation in a 2010 criminal conviction.

Associate Judge David A. Wiseman sentenced Ludwig to five years in prison, all suspended except for two years, for burglary.

Ludwig was also sentenced to a year in prison for probation violation and was ordered to serve the sentence consecutively with his sentence in the burglary case.

This means Ludwig shall serve a total of three years in prison. He was given credit for time served in the burglary case.

After completing his sentence, Ludwig will be placed on five years of supervised probation. He was ordered to pay a $500 fine, plus probation costs, complete 200 hours of community service, and write a letter of apology to New Kagman Market.

The Office of the Attorney General had charged Ludwig with burglary and theft and filed a petition to revoke his probation.

As part of the plea deal, the remaining charge of theft was dropped.

Ludwig entered the generator room of the New Kagman Market on Oct. 26, 2014, by removing panes from the window, with the intent to steal copper wires. This violated the conditions of his probation. Police said the stolen copper wires were worth over $1,600.

Ludwig’s co-defendant, George Lieto Jr., a then-teacher at Chacha Oceanview Middle School, pleaded not guilty. His case is pending in court.

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

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