Time-served sentence imposed on Ryan Babauta


The federal court has imposed a time-served sentence on Ryan T. Babauta, an ex-convict on probation who was arrested in August last year for not complying with his supervision conditions.
At a revocation sentencing hearing on Friday, U.S. District Court for the NMI designated judge David O. Carter placed Babauta on 52 months of supervised release.
Carter ordered Babauta to return to court for a status conference on Aug. 25, 2015, to follow up on how he is doing with his supervised release.
Among the conditions set for Babauta’s supervised release is for him to be subjected to a maximum of eight drug tests per month. He is prohibited from possessing and using any controlled substance and from drinking any alcoholic beverages.
The judge also required Babauta to participate in the home detention component of the location-monitoring program for a period of six months.

Babauta appeared with his court-appointed counsel, Michael Dotts. Assistant U.S. attorney Russell Lorfing represented the U.S. government.

The U.S. Probation Office sought the revocation of Babauta’s supervised release.

U.S. probation officer Gregory Arriola informed the court that Babauta submitted a diluted urine sample during a random drug test on July 14, 2014.

Babauta also failed to appear for counseling sessions on July 29, Aug. 2, Aug. 5, Aug. 6, and Aug. 7, 2014.

Arriola disclosed that Babauta did not appear for random drug testing on Aug. 3, 2014.

Babauta also allegedly failed to follow the instructions of the probation officer by not submitting a monthly supervision report within the first week of August 2014 and not reporting to the U.S. Probation Office as directed.

Babauta admitted to the violations.

In January 2014, the federal court revoked Babauta’s supervised release and slapped him with a six-month prison term for using illegal drugs and violating other terms of his probation.

The federal court also ordered that after completing his prison term, Babauta would be placed on supervised release for 54 months.

Babauta was among seven prisoners who staged a 14-hour hostage drama at the Department of Corrections in Susupe in March 2009. At the time, he was serving a prison term for involuntary manslaughter for the killing of a Bangladeshi national in Chalan Kanoa.

In August 1999, the federal court slapped Babauta with 180-month prison sentence and five years of supervised release, for hostage taking and felon in possession of a firearm.

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 ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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