Habitual offender gets maximum jail term for yelling, threatening man


Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho has imposed the maximum sentence of six months imprisonment on Calistro Crisostomo, a habitual offender who entered a guilty plea for yelling and threatening a man.

Camacho accepted Crisostomo’s guilty plea to the offense of disturbing the peace.

Camacho ordered the 32-year-old Crisostomo to serve the prison term day for day, without the possibility of parole, probation, early release, or work release.

The defendant was given credit for 42 days of time served.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Crisostomo yelled and threatened Cheyenne Sablan, causing him to feel scared, leave the house, and seek help from police on June 18, 2016, on Saipan. Sablan is the boyfriend of Crisostomo’s sister.

Last July 5, the Office of the Attorney General charged Crisostomo with assault and battery, and disturbing the peace.

The OAG later filed a petition to revoke probation of Crisostomo in his three previous criminal convictions with a possible maximum sentence of 13 years.

Last Aug. 1, OAG moved to withdraw the government’s petition to revoke the probation, stating that the Commonwealth believes that pursuing this revocation proceeding is not in the best interests of the Commonwealth. The court granted the motion.

Last Aug. 1, OAG amended the information charging the defendant with only disturbing the peace, an offense that has a maximum sentence of six months imprisonment.

Assistant attorney general Chester Hinds said the government can only prove the charge of disturbing the peace.

The judge said OAG only stated that Crisostomo will serve six months in this case for disturbing the peace because he was already on probation when he committed the new offense of disturbing the peace.

Assistant public defender Tillman Clark is counsel for Crisostomo.

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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