Ex-Tinian mayor’s employee gets 15-day prison term

A former employee of the Tinian Mayor’s Office facing charges of domestic violence, threats to kill police officers, and spitting on a police officer, has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 days in prison.

Eugene Atalig San Nicolas Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to assault and battery.

At a hearing on Tinian last week, Superior Court Presiding Judge Roberto C. Naraja sentenced San Nicolas to one year, all suspended except for 15 days.

San Nicolas was given credit for nine days of time already served. He will serve the remaining six days starting last Friday. It means he will get out of jail this Thursday, Feb. 22, at 4:30pm.

Naraja placed San Nicolas on supervised probation for a year, ordered him to pay a $500 fine, $25 in court assessment fee, plus probation fee. He was required to perform 75 hours of community service and complete counseling.

San Nicolas beat up his common-law wife on Tinian on Jan. 23, 2017.

As part of the plea deal, assistant attorney general Jonathan L. Wilberscheid, counsel for the government, moved to dismiss

The remaining charges of disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, and fleeing a police officer were dropped.

Police stated that San Nicolas banged the victim’s head against the door, threw her on the bed, slapped her face, pulled her hair, and dragged her out of the room during their argument.

The victim tried to get her children, but San Nicolas pushed her out and left.

When the police later came, San Nicolas came on a scooter, stopped in front of the apartment, yelled profanities at two police officers, showed them his middle finger, and sped away.

When a police officer told him he would be arrested for domestic violence, he shouted profanities at the officers and sped away.

San Nicolas later went back to his apartment, where he locked himself. Two police officers responded again, but the defendant refused to come out and threatened he would shoot them with his gun.

The officers barged inside the room and arrested San Nicolas, who allegedly resisted and challenged the officers to a fight.

On the way to the police station inside a patrol car, San Nicolas allegedly spat twice on the face of one officer and threatened he would shoot them.

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Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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  • elkapitan

    Drugs? And due to his name in his upbringing on Tinian.

  • Reno Jackson

    Judge Naraja gave this guy a suspended sentence and only 15 days! Outrageous.
    Threatened to shoot police officers, challenged them to a fight and spit on them. If I were a police officer I would not be re-electing this judge. Good Police officers are hard to find and have a tough enough job, so to put up with crap from a person like this is unacceptable. The judge must not think much of police officers.

  • Joey Boy

    15 days is not enough for Mr. San Nicolas. 5 years would be the appropriate sentence, especially with the charges filed against him. It must be the last name that he received a light sentence. Ai dei, the Mayor should teach his nephew to be a law-abiding citizen.

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