Security guard gets 56-day prison term for stealing a rental car


Superior Court Presiding Judge Robert C. Naraja has imposed a 56-day prison term on a man who rented a car but never returned it.

Naraja sentenced Gregorio Omar Lieto last Tuesday to two years imprisonment, all suspended except the first 56 days, for theft of vehicle.

Naraja gave Lieto credit for time served of 26 days.

Lieto, who is now working as a security guard, was allowed to serve the prison during weekends.

After completing the prison term, the defendant will be placed on two years of probation. He was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, about $10,000 in restitution, and required to perform 100 hours of community work service.

During the probationary period, Lieto will be prohibited from having direct or indirect contact with the victim, U Save Car Rental, and its owner.

Lieto will also be prohibited from consuming or using any alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs during the probationary period.

Lieto pleaded guilty.

Assistant attorney general J. Robert Glass Jr., counsel for the government, initially recommended a sentence of two years, all suspended except 220 days.

Assistant public defender Heather Zona, counsel for Lieto, recommended a sentence of time served.

In November 2016, police arrested Lieto on the beach side of Lower Base for renting for a day a Toyota Corolla on Aug. 5, 2016 and never returning it.

It was the owner of U Save Car Rental who called the police in November 2016 after finding the stolen car parked at the beach side of Lower Base.

Traffic investigator Norris Kwon immediately responded to the area and found the car, operated by Lieto.

The car was found to have a broken right side view mirror, missing rear bumper cover, and damaged left side tail lamp and front bumper cover.

Kwon said Lieto confessed damaging the rear bumper cover during a family gathering when a family member hit the car with a four-wheeler.

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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