Defendant in robbery case gets 3 years

ONE of the two suspects in a Garapan robbery was sentenced to a total of three years of imprisonment

Lucky Michael Chipuelong, aka Michael Chipwelong, 30, was originally charged with robbery and conspiracy. He pled guilty to conspiracy to commit theft and also admitted to violating the terms and conditions of his previous probation.

Following Chipuelong’s guilty plea, the government moved for, and the court granted, the dismissal of the other charges against him.

Michael Chipuelong

On Monday, Superior Court Judge Teresa Kim-Tenorio sentenced Chipuelong to five years of imprisonment, suspended except for two years with credit for time already served, to be served day for day without the possibility of parole.

For his previous case, the court revoked his probation and sentenced him to serve one year of his suspended sentence, to be served day for day without the possibility of parole or early release of any kind.

Chipuelong, in a previous case, pled guilty to attempted robbery on Jan. 29, 2013 and was sentenced to five years, all suspended except for 10 months. He was likewise placed on probation for five years.

Judge Kim-Tenorio, in her recent judgment and commitment order, stated that Chipuelong’s sentences shall run consecutively, not concurrently, for a total of three years of imprisonment.

Chipuelong will be placed under supervised probation for a period of five years under the direction and supervision of the Office of Adult Probation after his release from the Department of Corrections.

He was also ordered to pay a fine of $100 and a court assessment fee of $100 upon his release from prison.

Failure to comply with any of the probation conditions “shall constitute a violation of the terms and conditions of the suspended sentence that would subject Chipuelong to revocation proceedings.”

Attorney Samuel Mok was the court-appointed counsel for Chipuelong while Assistant Attorney General J. Robert Glass Jr. appeared for the government.

Police said on Aug. 31, 2017, Lucky Michael Chipuelong and his cousin and co-defendant Angel Ruben Chipuelong conspired to snatch the purse of a tourist walking in Garapan.

Court documents did not indicate the status of the case against Angel Ruben Chipuelong.

Source: Marianas Variety :

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