Man pleads guilty to theft


The Superior Court has sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to theft to a one-year imprisonment.

Robert Jake Palacios, 32, pleaded guilty to the theft charge against him last Tuesday and was sentenced on the same day.

Associate Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio sentenced Palacios to one-year imprisonment all suspended except 60 days. The judge also deemed him ineligible for parole, early release or work release.

Kim-Tenorio ordered Palacios to self-surrender to the Department of Corrections immediately and to report to the Office of Adult Probation after serving his sentence.

The court gave Palacios credit for time serve and was given 16 days’ credit toward his sentence.

Assistant attorney general Heather Barcinas represented the government while assistant public defender Karie Comstock appeared for Palacios.

After completing his sentence, Palacios will be placed on probation for three years and pay a fine of $100.

Palacios was ordered not have direct or indirect contact with the victim during his entire probationary period.

According to court documents, police reported that after giving Palacios a ride in the victim’s car, Palacios stole the person’s cell phone, which was in the cup holder between them.

Palacios then asked an electronics store in Garapan to reset the cell phone without a password on Dec. 18, 2019.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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