Woman gets 3 years in prison for burglary

One of two women who burglarized and ransacked some rooms at an apartment on Navy Hill has been slapped with a three-year prison term.

Johnalyn Salinas was sentenced to five years imprisonment, all suspended except for three years, for burglary.

Salinas, 35, was given credit for 106 days of time served. Upon completing her prison term, she will be placed on supervised probation for five years.

Salinas shall pay a total of $794 in restitution to five victims, a $100 fine, and $100 in court costs. She will be required to perform 200 hours of community service, complete drug and alcohol counseling, and apologize to the victims.

She is prohibited from drinking alcoholic beverages during her probation.

At a change of plea last Wednesday, Salinas pleaded guilty to burglary as part of a plea deal. The remaining charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and theft and theft were dropped.

According to the plea deal, Salinas burglarized some rooms at the Blue Hill Apartment on Navy Hill on May 21, 2017.

Steven J. Nutting is counsel for Salinas.

Salinas and her co-defendant, Laraad Ramangmou, were arrested a few days after the burglary because of a surveillance camera in the apartment that led to their identification.

Ramangmou is expected to also enter a guilty plea at a hearing on Thursday at 9am.

A police officer was dispatched last May 22 to the Blue Hill Apartment on Navy Hill, in response to a complaint of burglary.

One of the victims told the responding officer that she noticed that her yellow bag was missing upon waking up last May 21.

The following day, May 22, she noticed that even her guitar, which was in a case, was also gone.

When she asked her roommates about her missing items, she found out that they also lost some items: dresses, shoes, shirts, sunglasses, identification cards, bags, all worth $900; plus cellphones, a laptop, passport, wallet, identification cards, $5,900 worth of Chinese currency, and $510 cash.

Police reviewed the apartment’s surveillance footage and identified Salinas and Ramangmou as the persons who burglarized the rooms, stole several items, and left aboard a sedan with license plate ADU-542.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com

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