Man gets 33 months in jail after pleading guilty for domestic violence


A man charged with assault and battery, interfering with a domestic violence report, and disturbing the peace last year, pled guilty and was sentenced to two years and nine months imprisonment by Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth H. Govendo yesterday.

Jose Magundayao pled guilty to the charges set before him.

On Jan. 30, 2017, Magundayao strangled and grabbed the victim’s arm when she attempted to escape from him.

During investigation, Magundayao was found to knowingly interfered with the victim who was reporting or attempting to report a crime of domestic violence to a law enforcement agency.

Magundayao was found to unlawfully and willfully commit an act that unreasonably annoyed or disturbed the peace of the victim, depriving her of her peace and quiet by threatening to kill her.

Aside from imprisonment, the court sentenced Magundayao other conditions that he has to meet to serve the sentence.

The judgment order further stated that in the event that Magundayao fails to comply with any of the conditions, except for conviction of minor traffic infractions, it should be a ground for revocation of probation and/or contempt of court charges,

The CNMI was represented by assistant attorney general Teri Tenorio and Magundayao was represented by assistant public defender Nancy Dominski.

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