Man gets 3-month sentence for beating man at a poker parlor


Techuo Yleisar was slapped with a three-month prison term for beating up a man for no apparent reason in front of a poker arcade in western Garapan last March.

Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo sentenced the 48-year-old Yleisar last week to one year in prison, all suspended except for three months, for assault and battery.

Yleisar was given credit for time served. He was allowed to start serving his sentence on Jan. 2, 2016. He is expected to complete the prison term on March 26, 2016, after which he will be placed on supervised probation for two years.

Yleisar was ordered to pay $25 court costs and $200 probation service fee, and complete 200 hours of community service.

Yleisar was ordered to pay $539.19 in restitution to the victim, Nahidul Islam. He was required to undergo anger management counseling and complete any recommended treatment by the Community Guidance Center.

The Office of the Attorney General charged Yleisar with assault and battery, disturbing the peace, and criminal mischief. He pleaded guilty to assault and battery as part of a plea deal. The other charges were dropped.

Police said that Yleisar punched and kicked Islam several times in and outside the 777 Poker in Garapan on March 6, 2015.

Islam was bleeding from his nose, his left eyebrow had a cut and his lips were swollen when a police officer responded to the scene. Islam also complained of pain on the hips and back, police said.

Police detective Dee Liza S. Udui stated in her report that two police officers were dispatched to a disturbance incident at 777 Poker in western Garapan at 3:42pm.

One responding police officer saw Yleisar sitting on the stairs to the second floor of a restaurant behind Kings Club in western Garapan.

Yleisar told police that Islam had borrowed money from him and that Islam refused to talk to him and denied owing any money. He accused Islam of lying after seeing him playing poker. Yleisar said he got upset and punched Islam.

Islam, however, told police that it was the first time he met Yleisar. He said Yleisar punched and kicked him for no apparent reason.

Islam said the defendant only stopped beating him up when he noticed that a lot of people were seeing the attack.

Islam added that during the beating, he lost $572 cash and that his sunglasses worth $275 were damaged.

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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