Man who killed landlord to plead guilty


After over two years, the man accused of killing his landlord and injuring her husband in the process will plead guilty to the charges against him.

Alfonso Sebastian Parongan, 57, who is accused of killing his landlord over a rental dispute and stabbing her husband several times, informed the Superior Court yesterday, through his lawyer, Jean Pierre Nogues of the Office of the Public Defender, that he now wants to change his initial “not guilty” plea to “guilty.”

His decision to change his plea in the case was not explained in court.

Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph Camacho ordered Parongan to return to court on June 26 for his change of plea hearing.

Parongan is charged with first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to Saipan Tribune archives, Parongan admitted to being high on drugs (methamphetamine) and drunk on the night of the incident when he allegedly riddled his landlord with stab wounds, killing her.

In the morning after the incident, Parongan allegedly confessed to smoking methamphetamine and drinking 12 cans of beer on the day of the incident.

The landlord, Josefina Pineda, sustained several stab wounds, including the fatal 4-inch deep gash in the neck.

Her husband, Antonio Barit, sustained 12 stab wounds in the head, upper body, and right arm.

Pineda was allegedly trying to collect house rental from Parongan when the two got into an argument on the evening of Oct. 29, 2017. He allegedly used a a kitchen knife to stab Pineda and Barit.

Police arrested Parongan and recovered the knife that same night.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
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