Man gets six years in prison for slashing tires, stabbing witness


A man who slashed the tires of a car that was parked outside a Garapan bar and then stabbed the man who witnessed it pleaded guilty yesterday and was slapped with a six-year prison term.

Manuel Daniel Sablan Jr. pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon and criminal mischief as part of a plea deal.

Superior Court Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio sentenced him to eight years in prison, all suspended except for six years, on the assault charge. He was sentenced to one year in prison, all suspended, for criminal mischief. The remaining charge of disturbing the peace was dropped.

After serving his sentence, Sablan will be placed on supervised probation for three years. He was ordered to pay a $200 fine, $25 in court costs, and $100 in probation fees.

Sablan was required to pay restitution to the victim, Leiana Ogumoro Saures, for damages to her tires in the amount of $160, and restitution to the stabbing victim, Jesse Billy Mailuw.

During his probation, Sablan is ordered to stay away from the True North Bar & Grill.

Sablan was required to undergo anger management counseling and complete any recommended treatment at the Community Guidance Center within six months of being released.

Sablan damaged Saures’ front right and right rear tires on the night of Sept. 21, 2014. He then approached Mailuw with a knife and stabbed him in the chest.

Police said Mauluw was outside his workplace at Minimax Dive Shop, just north of True North, when he saw Sablan stabbing the tires of a Toyota T 100 parked in the parking lot of the bar.

Mailuw yelled at Saban, who then approached and stabbed 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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