Federal court forfeits 2 guns, ammo seized from ex-convict


The federal court has forfeited to the U.S. government the two guns and ammunition that were seized from Herman P. Santos, an ex-convict who entered a guilty plea to an indictment that charged him with two counts of felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona issued the forfeiture as a result of Santos’ guilty plea and the plea agreement.

Manglona ordered that Santos shall relinquish to the U.S. all right, title, and interest in one Harrington and Richardson .32 caliber revolver, one Savage Arms 410/22 “over and under” firearm, three rounds of .32 caliber ammunitions, 11 rounds of .22 ammunition, and two .410 shotgun shells.

The judge ordered the return to Santos any additional funds and/or items that were confiscated at the time of his arrest.

According to the indictment, Santos, having been convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term of exceeding one year, knowingly possessed a Harrington and Richardson model 732 .32 caliber revolver and three rounds of .32 caliber ammunition, on Dec. 6, 2015.

Santos was also allegedly found in possession of a Savage Arms Model 24 410/22 “over and under” firearm and 11 rounds of .22 ammunition and two .410 shotgun shells, on June 3, 2016.

According to Superior Court records, the Dec. 6, 2015 incident stemmed from the arrest of Santos for allegedly pointing a handgun at two men he accused of beating up his father at a poker establishment in Garapan.

Police officers later checked the back of Santos’ house, where they recovered a .32 revolver handgun with three bullets in the cylinder. That same day, Dec. 6, police arrested him.

In January 2016, the Superior Court dismissed the amended information charging Santos with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, upon the Office of the Attorney General’s request.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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