Warrant out for man who went to Korea sans court permit


The federal court issued Friday a warrant for the arrest of a probationer who allegedly left Saipan for South Korea without the court’s permission and other alleged probation violations.

U.S. District Court for the NMI Chief Judge Ramona V. Manglona issued the warrant against Tarell Darnell Murphy at the request of the U.S. Probation Office.

According to U.S. Probation officer Gregory F. Arriola, Murphy left Saipan without permission from the court or his probation officer.

Murphy also failed to report to the U.S. Probation Office in July and August, Arriola said.

He said he received information last Wednesday, Aug. 22, that Murphy had been seen inside the Saipan airport around July 26 or 27, 2018.

That same day, Arriola contacted the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and confirmed that Murphy had departed for Busan, South Korea on Jeju Air flight 3451.

Arriola said Murphy was not authorized to leave Saipan.

Last Jan. 26, the U.S. Probation Office informed the District Court that Murphy had been arrested on Dec. 27, 2017, for beating up his girlfriend.

On Feb. 6, 2018, Murphy pleaded guilty to assault and battery in the Superior Court. He was sentenced to time served of 36 days imprisonment and placed on probation for one year.

On March 2, 2018, Murphy’s federal probation conditions were modified to include that he be placed on home detention for three months.

Arriola said Murphy completed the three-month location monitoring program on June 8, 2018.

Arriola said that he learned that Murphy failed to submit a monthly supervision report for July and August 2018.

In April 2017, the U.S. Marshals arrested Murphy on Saipan based on an indictment filed in South Carolina for false statement.

The U.S. District of Carolina issued an arrest warrant against Murphy on July 30, 2015, for failure to appear for an initial appearance on a supervised release violation scheduled for July 21, 2015.

In April 2017, the U.S. District Court for the NMI ordered that Murphy be transferred to the District of South Carolina. Murphy agreed to this.

On Aug. 19, 2017, District of South Carolina Senior Judge Margaret B. Seymour sentenced Murphy to time-served for false statement.

Seymour placed Murphy on two years of supervised release with conditions.

Last Oct. 31, the jurisdiction of Murphy’s case was transferred to the District of the NMI as the defendant had moved back to Saipan.

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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