Man who threw chair at cop on Rota bar gets 30-day prison term


A 20-year-old man accused of breaking several items at a bar, pushing and yelling at his father, and throwing a chair at a police officer on Rota, entered a guilty plea yesterday in the Superior Court and was slapped with a 30-day prison term.

Raymond D. Castro Jr. pleaded guilty to the offense of assault and battery.

Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho accepted the plea agreement and Castro’s guilty plea.

Camacho sentenced Castro to one-year imprisonment, the first 30 days to be served day for day, without the possibility of parole and early release.

The defendant was given credit for 15 days for time served.

Camacho said the suspended sentence may be imposed in whole or in part for violation of law or Office of the Adult Probation rules.

After completing the prison term, Castro will be placed on supervised probation for two years, to run concurrent to his probation in his previous conviction.

Castro was ordered to pay $25 in court costs and $200 in probation fee.

During the probationary period, the defendant will be prohibited from possessing or consuming any alcoholic beverages.

Restitution will be determined, if there is any, within 90 days.

Camacho noted that Castro has a prior conviction.

Camacho said it is the Office of the Attorney General that decides what charges to file and the court can only hear the case and charge.

Last May 4, OAG filed an information charging Castro with two counts of assault and battery, and one count of criminal mischief.

Last July 26, OAG amended the information charging the defendant with only one count of assault and battery.

Assistant public defender Tillman Clark, counsel for Castro, stated that OAG cannot prove the other charges that is why they were dropped.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, Castro struck Police Officer Joseph Q. Camacho with a chair on May 2, 2016, on Rota. (Ferdie de la Torre)

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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