Man gets 4 months in prison


An intoxicated man who allegedly damaged the window of their house in Chalan Kanoa, yelled profanities at his wife, threatened her, and took their four children from her has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four months in prison.

Rudolph Kios, 28, pleaded guilty last week to disturbing the peace as part of a plea deal.

Superior Court Associate Judge Kenneth L. Govendo sentenced Kios to six months in prison, all suspended except for four months with credit for time served. It means he will no longer serve jail time.

Kios was placed on supervised probation for two years and ordered to pay $25 in court costs and $200 in probation fees. He was required to complete anger management counseling and barred from consuming alcohol and drugs.

The Office of the Attorney General charged Kios with disturbing the peace-domestic violence. He was arrested last August on charges of assault, criminal mischief, and disturbing the peace.

According to the plea deal, on Aug. 11, 2016, on Saipan, Kios forcibly removed his wife’s four young children from their home against her will, causing her to be afraid.

Two police responded to Chalan Kanoa when the victim’s oldest son called police on Aug. 11 at 1:09am that his stepfather, Kios, kept bothering his mom. The victim told police that Kios took their four children away from her and left.

Kios had come home drunk and damaged the window near their door. Kios was not arrested at that time as the wife told police that she just wanted him to leave the house. He took out his belongings and continued yelling at her.

At 1:50am, the same day, Kios returned home and took their four children. The wife stopped him from taking their children, but the children followed him. She asked her other son to call the police.

A police officer later spotted Kios and the children along Tun Joaquin Road near a pawnshop. Two other officers came and arrested him.

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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