Man who elbowed cop gets 7-month prison term


A man accused of striking a police officer with his elbow, causing the officer to black out and fall to the ground, entered a guilty plea yesterday and was slapped with a seven-month prison term.

Junior Stazz Tammy, 24, pleaded guilty to assault and battery.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho accepted Tammy’s guilty plea and the plea agreement.

Camacho sentenced Tammy to the maximum prison term of one year, all suspended except seven months, without the possibility of parole or work release.

Tammy was given credit for time already served. Since he was arrested last Aug. 5, he has to serve four more months and six days in prison.

After completing his prison term, Tammy will be placed on probation for one year. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine, $100 probation fee, and $25 court costs. He was required to perform 100 hours of community service and complete an anger management counseling course from the Community Guidance Center.

Tammy apologized to the court for what he did, saying he knows it was wrong.

Assistant attorney general Matthew Baisley considered as factors to weigh in defendant’s favor that Tammy is a first-time offender and that he assaulted the officer, while the defendant’s girlfriend was bleeding heavily and screaming during an accident.

According to the factual basis of the plea agreement, on Aug. 5, 2015 on Saipan, Tammy struck Officer Carlo Evangelista in the face with his elbow. The blow caused Evangelista to fall back and temporarily black out.

Tammy blocked police officers’ efforts to provide medical attention to his girlfriend.

Assistant public defender Tillman Clark served as counsel for the defendant.

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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