Man accused of punching girlfriend pleads guilty

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A man accused of punching his girlfriend last New Year’s Day pleaded guilty last Tuesday.

Lucio Litulumar Saures, through his lawyer, Heather Zona, told the court last Monday about his decision to change his initial plea of not guilty.

In the plea agreement offered him by the prosecution, Saures would plead guilty to assault and battery domestic violence.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Saures was sentenced to one year in prison, all suspended except for the seven days he has already served.

Saures was also placed on two years of probation and would be required to serve 100 hours of community service, pay a fine of $1,000, pay off court and probation fees, participate in counseling, and submit to urine or blood testing.

Saures is prohibited from drinking alcohol and using any other controlled substance while under probation.

Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert Naraja, imposed the sentence, accepted Saures’ plea change, and ordered Saures to return to court on Aug. 13 for a review hearing.

According to court information, Saures punched his girlfriend in the face during an argument at the Sonoda Apartment in Garapan last Jan. 1. He then left and took their children with him.

Police were sent to the apartment at 3:29am. Upon arriving at the scene, a police officer met with the victim, identified as Saures’ partner. Police reported a bruise on the victim’s face.

It was learned that one of the victim’s children witnessed the scene. The 14-year-old child saw Saures punch the victim and left her unconscious on the ground before taking them away.

Saures was arrested at the MIHA housing.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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