DORE participant found to have violated supervised release


A participant of the Drug Offender Re-entry Program of the U.S. District Court for the NMI was found in violation of his supervised release for drinking an alcoholic beverage.

Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona immediately remanded Ryan Taitano Babauta last week to the U.S. Marshal Service so he could be confined for 24 hours as part of his punishment.

Babauta was allowed to get out of jail last Wednesday, but was required to turn himself in last Friday to begin serving another 48 hours of confinement.

Babauta was set to be released from custody yesterday at 6pm.

Manglona set Babauta’s next DORE program’s session for Jan. 3. 2019.

At last week’s DORE session, Manglona and DORE team members took up Babauta’s violation, during which he apologized for his action.

The DORE Program recommended sanctions such as no credit for the month of December, increased court hearings, and report to probation office twice a week for breathalyzer tests.

Last April, U.S. District Court for the NMI Magistrate Judge Heather L. Kennedy and DORE committee members praised Babauta, after finding him in compliance with the term of his supervised release.

Babauta was among seven prisoners who staged a 14-hour hostage drama at the Department of Corrections in Susupe in 2009. At the time, he was serving a prison term for voluntary manslaughter for killing a security guard in Chalan Kanoa.

In August 1999, the District Court slapped Babauta with an 18-month prison sentence and five years of supervised release, for hostage taking and felon in possession of a firearm.

In November 2015, Manglona issued an arrest warrant against Babauta for allegedly using methamphetamine or “ice” and for violating other probation conditions.

Babauta then participated in the DORE Program.

DORE is a post-incarceration cooperative effort program of the District Court, U.S. Probation Officer, Federal Public Defender, and U.S. Attorney’s Office.

DORE provides treatment and sanction alternatives to address re-integration into the community for non-violent, substance abuse offenders released from federal prison.

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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