Man who beat girlfriend with air gun sentenced to 1-year imprisonment

The man who pleaded guilty to assault and battery after allegedly beating his girlfriend multiple times with an air gun was sentenced to a one-year jail term.

Anthony B. Cepeda, 49, was imposed the maximum sentence for assault and battery which is one year. However, the court suspended six months of his sentence and ordered he serve the remaining six. Cepeda was given credit for the 155 days he already served.

Cepeda will also serve three years of supervised probation and is ordered not to have contact with the victim.

Cepeda was initially charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, assault and battery, and disturbing the peace but after pleading guilty to assault and battery, the two other charges was waived.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, police responded to a reported stabbing incident on Dec. 23, 2018, at 11:55am involving Cepeda and his girlfriend. Police and medics responded and met with a male, later identified as Cepeda. Cepeda had a small laceration under his left armpit but he refused medical treatment. He claimed he was the victim in the incident, but further investigation alleged that Cepeda’s girlfriend stabbed him after he allegedly assaulted her with the butt of an air gun.

A female at the scene, who later identified herself as Cepeda’s girlfriend, reportedly appeared to have scratch marks on her lower extremity, according to police observation.

Cepeda told police that his girlfriend pushed him out and tried to lock him out of their home. Cepeda said he then shoved the door open, walked over to his girlfriend, and shouted profanities at her.

Cepeda’s girlfriend told police that after the verbal altercation, he entered the residence and took what appeared to be a rifle, but was later identified to be an air gun, and pointed it at her.

Cepeda’s girlfriend continued to tell police that Cepeda later turned the gun on its butt and proceeded to hit her legs with it about 10 times.

Cepeda’s girlfriend told police that she was in so much pain and was shouting at Cepeda to stop and in an attempt to stop him from hitting her, she grabbed what was believed to be a knife and swung at Cepeda, causing him to stop hitting her and allowing her to run.

Kimberly Bautista Bautista
Kimberly Bautista is the youngest in the stable of Saipan Tribune reporters. She has covered a wide range of beats, including the community, housing, crime, and education, for the Saipan Tribune.
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