Man in domestic violence case gets 5-day sentence


A man who was arrested for two incidents of domestic violence at the house of his girlfriend’s mother in As Matuis has pleaded guilty plea and was slapped with a five-day prison term.

In an order last week, Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja sentenced Ernest M. Camacho to one year in prison, all suspended except for five days, for pleading guilty to the offense of disturbing the peace.

Naraja gave the 24-year-old Camacho credit for five days of time served. That means the defendant immediately goes free. He was, however, placed on probation for two years.

Camacho was ordered to pay a $500 fine, $225 in probation and court assessment fees, and $338 in restitution to the victim’s mother.

Camacho was required to perform 100 hours of community service and is prohibited from harassing, assaulting or threatening the victim.

During the probationary period, the defendant is also prohibited from having direct or indirect contact with the victim’s parents. He was required to undergo anger management counseling.

For pleading guilty to disturbing the peace, assistant attorney general Shannon Foley moved to dismiss the remaining charges. The court granted the motion.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Camacho went to the residence of his girlfriend on Dec. 17, 2013, on Saipan and started banging on the window and screen door with his closed fist while shouting profanities at her.

The window broke. The girlfriend was crying, frightened and scared that Camacho might beat her up.

Police detective Catherine B. Pangelinan stated in her report that when the incident happened, the victim’s mother, who was at work at the time, asked her daughter to put her on speakerphone. The mother then shouted at Camacho to leave the house.

When police arrived, Camacho was arrested.

Pangelinan said that during a prior incident that occurred on Oct. 26, 2013, Camacho pinned his girlfriend to the floor and choked her. The detective said a neighbor came and shouted at Camacho to stop. She said the defendant then hid behind the curtain of the window.

Pangelinan said in that incident, the victim did not press charges.

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
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