Habitual offender’s probation is revoked


“There can be no justice without the appropriate sentence.”

Thus said Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho in revoking the probation of a habitual offender and imposing the full maximum remainder of the original sentence—four years in prison.

Camacho ordered Christopher M. Igisomar to serve the four years day to day, without the possibility of parole and weekend release.

Igisomar was given credit of four months and 17 days of time served.

The judge reminded Igisomar that he is still facing possible additional jail time in a new case that is assigned to Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio.

At yesterday’s revocation hearing, Camacho found by a preponderance of the evidence that Igisomar violated the conditions of his probation.

Part of the deal was for Igisomar to comply with all the conditions of the agreement as well as obey the laws of the CNMI.

Camacho said Igisomar has failed to “hold up his end of the bargain.”

Assistant attorney general Chemere McField asked for the revocation of Igisomar’s probation because of the filing of the newest criminal case. Assistant public defender Michael Sato served as counsel for Igisomar.

In Igisomar’s newest criminal case, the OAG charged Igisomar with robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, theft, and disturbing the peace.

Igisomar allegedly entered a gas station in Chalan Piao and robbed the cashier of cash. His co-defendant, Joseph C. San Nicolas, confessed to police that they agreed to rob the gas station.

Igisomar was arrested and has been in custody since April 4, 2014.

In revoking the probation, Camacho said Igisomar is a repeat offender who has enjoyed lenient plea bargains in the past.

Camacho cited four criminal cases, in which out of a possible total sentence of 52 years, Igisomar only served a total of 11 years “because the Office of the Attorney General extended lenient plea bargains.”

The judge said at the beginning of yesterday’s revocation hearing, the OAG once again asked the court to postpone the hearing so Igisomar can go pursue a plea bargain in another court.

Camacho denied the request and ordered that the hearing move forward.

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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