Man gets suspended sentence of 6 months in prison


A man accused of assault and battery pleaded guilty to a count of disturbing the peace as part of a plea deal and was sentenced to six months in prison—all suspended.

Jesse James Limes Laniyo, 41, pleaded guilty to one count of disturbing the peace. The remaining charge of assault and battery was dropped as part of the plea deal.

According to the judgment and commitment order issued by Superior Court Associate Judge Wesley Bogdan, Laniyo will be placed on supervised probation for six months.

Laniyo was also ordered to pay assessment fees and probation fees and $1,942.66 in restitution to the victim payable to the Commonwealth Health Center and the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Laniyo is also strictly prohibited from having any contact with the victim.

He was ordered to complete 20 hours of community service at the direction of the Office of Adult Probation.

Laniyo must also abide by all CNMI laws and federal laws as well as rules of the Office of Adult Probation.

Laniyo was discharged from the Department of Corrections following his sentencing but, according to the court, failure to comply with the sentencing agreement will constitute a violation of probation and shall subject Laniyo to extension or revocation of his probation, or imposition of all or part of the suspended sentence.

According to court information, Laniyo unlawfully disturbed Frank Tudela Pangelinan on April 8, 2018, depriving him of his right to peace and quiet.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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