Man gets five-day prison term for throwing rocks, beer can at motorist


One of two men accused of throwing rocks and/or beer can at a man while he was driving his car on Saipan in 2014, entered a guilty plea in the Superior Court on Tuesday and was slapped with a five-day prison term.

Samuel Soroyan Defan, 35, signed a plea deal with the government and pleaded guilty to the offense of disturbing the peace.

Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa K. Kim-Tenorio accepted Defan’s guilty plea and sentenced him to six months imprisonment, all suspended except five days.

Kim-Tenorio gave Defan credit for two days of time served.

After serving the prison term, the defendant will be placed on one year of supervised probation.

During the probationary period, defendant will be prohibited from possessing or consuming any alcoholic beverages or controlled substances. He will also be prohibited from having direct or indirect contact with the victim, Steve Jang.

Defan was ordered to pay $408 in restitution to Jang for damages resulting from the commission of the crime. He will be jointly liable for such restitution with his co-defendant Jason Fagalpaag.

Defan was required to pay $100 in probation fee, plus $25 in court assessment fee.

Kim-Tenorio ordered the government to serve a copy of her order to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Defan is not a U.S. citizen.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Defan threw rocks and/or beer can at Jang while he was driving, causing him to exit his vehicle and call the police on May 14, 2014.

As part of the plea deal, assistant attorney general Chester Hinds moved to dismiss the remaining charge of assault and battery. The judge granted the motion.

Assistant public defender Tillman Clark served as counsel for Defan.

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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